FCC approves OneWeb satellite broadband US access2017-06-23 10:59 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, OneWeb, satellite
A satellite internet startup, called OneWeb has received unanimous approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deliver high speed internet to hard to reach places in the United States.
The company plans to launch around 720 satellites into low Earth orbit in order to beam internet to anywhere on Earth at speeds that rival that of fiber connections. The goal is to provide internet to hard-to-reach rural areas with low rates of internet connectivity, ideally bridging the digital divide.
OneWeb plans to launch its first satellites next year on Europeanized Soyuz rockets through Arianespace, and intends to begin operations in 2019. It has set out an ambitious target for connecting "every connected school" in the world to the internet by 2022.
OneWeb board members include Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and Qualcomm executive chairman Paul Jacobs. Investors include Qualcomm, Virgin and Hughes.
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