Starlink loses out on $886 million in rural broadband subsidies

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The FCC introduced as we speak that it gained’t award Elon Musk’s Starlink an $886 million subsidy from the Common Service Fund for increasing broadband service in rural areas. The cash would have come from the Rural Digital Alternative Fund program (RDOF), however the FCC writes that Starlink wasn’t in a position to “display that it might ship the promised service” and that giving the subsidy to it wouldn’t be “the perfect use of restricted Common Service Fund {dollars}.”

That was the identical cause the FCC gave when it rejected Starlink’s bid final 12 months, which led to this enchantment. SpaceX had beforehand gained the bidding to roll out 100Mbps obtain and 20Mbps add “low-latency web to 642,925 places in 35 states,” funded by the RDOF.

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