According to the Elon Musk-led company, more than 10,000 people in the US and abroad get their internet via a network of SpaceX satellites.
The rocket construction company touted the number in a message to the Federal Communications Commission when they wanted to expand Starlink’s satellite internet service.
« Starlink’s performance is neither theoretical nor experimental, » wrote SpaceX in the announcement filed on Wednesday, adding that the network’s « performance is within the scope of its public Beta program, launched in October, is growing rapidly in real time « .
SpaceX aims to use Starlink to provide high-speed internet access in rural areas. This costs $ 99 per month plus $ 499 for the equipment needed to connect to the network. The company announced in August 2020 that « nearly 700,000 people » had expressed an interest in Starlink.
While SpaceX warned early Starlink customers that the service might be incomplete, the company said speeds of 100 megabits per second to achieve and exceed.
« Starlink continues to improve as SpaceX provides additional infrastructure and functionality, an average of two Starlink launches per month to add significant in-orbit capacity in addition to activating additional gateways to improve performance and expand coverage across the country, « SpaceX told the FCC.
In the filing, SpaceX asked the government to designate it as an » Eligible Telecommunications Carrier, « which provides Starlink services in seven states, including New York and Tennessee.
According to CNBC, SpaceX has gained access to these states through an FCC auction to use broadband Int Provide harvest services in rural areas.
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