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SpaceX warns 5G plan would deny Starlink to most Americans

2022-06-21 18:12 by
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An array of legal and federal regulatory disputes between Starlink and its competitors, Viasat and DISH Network Corporation, have attempted to thwart the expansion of the Starlink satellite constellation and certain Starlink functionality.

U.S.-based satellite broadcaster Dish Network is seeking permission to operate a high-power mobile service in the 12 GHz band, which is part of the Ku-band spectrum that Starlink, OneWeb and other satellite operators use to connect with user terminals.

Dish Network has also filed an official petition asking the FCC to make SpaceX deactivate Starlink setups for customers who have been using their satellite dishes on moving vehicles. Starlink recently introduced a Portability feature that allows customers to temporarily relocate their Starlink hardware to a new location, as well as a service specifically for RV drivers.

SpaceX warned June 21 that its Starlink broadband network would become unusable for most Americans if a proposal to use the 12 GHz band for terrestrial 5G is approved.

Dish said June 15 it has commercially launched 5G services in more than 100 cities across the United States, covering around 20% of the U.S. population. Most of Starlink's current coverage in the United States is concentrated west of the Mississippi River and is not confined to cities, according to its availability map, with the remaining areas set to come online in 2023.

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