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The Federal Communications Commission has granted SpaceX authorization to provide Starlink for moving vehicles, according to an order released by the agency last week that allows cars, boats, planes, and more to leverage the specialized broadband service, which relies on a constellation of satellites that is theoretically capable of delivering internet access to any location in the world. The decision means that Starlink can now effectively sell itself as a mobile service and reach more consumers and businesses, particularly those who might find it useful during travel. SpaceX has already signed early deals with commercial air carriers, including Hawaiian Airlines and semiprivate charter provider JSX, both of which plan to use the service to provide Wi-Fi on planes. Starlink costs $110 a month with a one-time $599 equipment fee and already has more than 400,000 subscribers.

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We agree with SpaceX and Kepler that the public interest would benefit by granting with conditions their applications. Authorizing a new class of terminals for SpaceX’s satellite system will expand the range of broadband capabilities to meet the growing user demands that now require connectivity while on the move, whether driving an RV across the country, moving a freighter from Europe to a U.S. port, or while on a domestic or international flight.

Similarly, authorization of the Kepler ESVs service will provide much-needed connectivity to vessels in territorial waters of Hawaii and Alaska and remote areas throughout the world, including the Arctic and Antarctic polar regions. In order to grant such authorizations on a case-by-case basis under section 2.202(b), we must ensure that it can be done in a way that does not violate our rules or harm the public interest. Therefore, we examine closely the potential effects on the existing and future radiofrequency environment.

Source: FCC (via CNBC)

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8 comments

  1. If it was a little cheaper than $135 a month I'd have it for my RV and boat.
    I'm kinda wondering when it will rival cell service for anything moving - or bulky handsets. Terrestrial cell service is pretty expensive to do outside of metro areas and away from highways, and I could totally see a Starlink-based cell (etc.) repeater being used in cars. Also wondering how portable they can make it, i.e., for hiking. Goes against the reason most folks go hiking, but at the same time there's plenty of reason to want to be 'connected' away from civilization, even just on foot.
  2. Goes against the reason most folks go hiking
    I've seen more than one person going up to Yosemite with a Dishy strapped to their backpack and one of those battery generators + solar panel
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    Seriosuly though, providing connectivity on trains and planes, better than what we have today was IMHO always the second biggest benefit of starlink, after providing semi decent broadband to neglected rural areas.
  4. Combine that with water cooled solar panels and a heat pump like design... (if you can get it efficient enough) to use that heat energy to produce additional power... win win. Especially in hotter climates.

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