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US Regulator Rejects Broadband Subsidies For SpaceX’s Starlink

 |  August 10, 2022

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Wednesday it was rejecting the applications of SpaceX’s Starlink and LTD Broadband to receive government subsidies through a rural fund.

In the initial auction results announced in December 2020, LTD Broadband won $1.32 billion and SpaceX won $885.5 million.

“Starlink’s technology has real promise,” said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel in a statement. “But the question before us was whether to publicly subsidize its still developing technology for consumer broadband – which requires that users purchase a $600 dish – with nearly $900 million in universal service funds until 2032.”

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