Recently, SpaceX received approval to launch 12,000 satellites into space to build a low Earth orbit of satellites so that they could sell home internet. SpaceX is now asking for permission from the UN's ITU unit to launch 30,000 additional satellites as part of its new high-speed home internet service, according to a report from SpaceNews.
SpaceX recently told the FCC that it could begin offering high-speed Internet before the start of the 2020 hurricane season. SpaceX only plans to have around a hundred satellites launched when it goes live in parts of the United States. The additional 30,000 satellites will help SpaceX expand worldwide and support the growing demand it expects for the service.
Exactly how much will SpaceX Internet service cost? We still don't know for sure, but earlier this year by SXSW SpaceX chief Elon Musk said it would be "low cost." Exactly how low is unknown, but reports are that SpaceX hopes to make its internet service extremely competitive. SpaceX has also said that it plans to offer high-speed Internet in North America sometime in late 2019 or early 2020.
SpaceX is not alone in hoping to launch a new high-speed Internet service using low-Earth satellites. Amazon and others are also working on this idea. So far, SpaceX seems to be the longest. Unlike the current satellite Internet, these devices will be in a much lower orbit and offer significantly faster speeds without the data capsules used by current satellite systems.
For the time being, wires need to wait to learn more about these new services, but we hope we may soon have a new Internet alternative that does not come from a cable or telephone company.
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