The telecommunications agency United States (FCC) authorized the SpaceX to use its Starlink satellite network to bring access to the Internet to vehicles, paving the way for the billionaire company’s plan Elon Musk to offer broadband on commercial planes, ships and trucks.
Starlink has long planned to expand its services beyond offering fast internet to individual customers in remote locations, targeting the potentially lucrative automotive, air and freight sectors.
SpaceX has launched around 2,700 satellites in the Starlink constellation since 2019 and already has hundreds of thousands of Internet access service subscribers, including many who bought installation kits for $599 and who pay $110 a month for the company’s broadband.
“We will be on planes very soon and I hope passengers will be impressed with the experience,” Starlink commercial director Jonathan Hofeller said at an airline conference earlier this month.
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