SpaceX has appealed the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to deny $885.5 million in subsidies that Elon Musk’s company was preliminarily awarded to provide broadband services to rural areas using its Starlink satellite constellation. The company disputed the FCC’s rationale that the system is too slow and costs too much.
“The Wireline Competition Bureau’s decision to exclude Starlink from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (“RDOF”) is flawed as a matter of both law and policy,” wrote SpaceX attorney Dan Goldman. “It fails legally because it contradicts the record—including SpaceX’s and Starlink’s proven capabilities—it contradicts the Commission’s stated rules for the program, and it rests on unsupported conjecture and outside-the-record information apparently cherry-picked from somewhere on the Internet.”(more…)
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- September 16, 2022