Wednesday, September 14, 2022

SpaceX Appeals FCC’s RDOF Subsidy Claw Back

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief
SpaceX appealed to the FCC to reverse its decision to take back its initial approval of $885 million in Rural Digital Opportunity Fund subsidies from its Starlink division. The money is meant to subsidize the internet in rural areas.

SpaceX claims the decision is biased against satellite-delivered broadband. “This decision is so broken that it is hard not to see it as an improper attempt to undo the commission’s earlier decision, to permit satellite broadband service providers to participate in the RDOF program. It appears to have been rendered in service to a clear bias towards fiber, rather than a merits-based decision to actually connect unserved Americans,” SpaceX says in its appeal. Continue Reading

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