SpaceX needs customers’ help to fight Dish

The Starlink satellite internet system of SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company, is encountering difficulties on American soil. Indeed, the Dish operator intends to use a frequency used by Starlink, rendering the system inoperative in the United States…

The operator Dish Network has long awaited Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorization to use the 12 GHz frequency for its 5G network. According to SpaceX, this band would conflict with its Starlink system, rendering the latter practically unusable. But the American operator has launched a lobbying campaign to speed up the process. SpaceX has just called on its customers to counter these operations.

Starlink antenna – Credit: SpaceX

Some Starlink customers have received an email urging them to contact the Federal Communications Commission and members of Congress, dfor the purpose of supporting SpaceX in the ongoing conflict. It says the following query:Today, we ask for your support to end a lobbying campaign that threatens to render Starlink unusable for you and the vast majority of our US customers“. This threat adds to another major disappointment for SpaceX. Indeed, earlier this year, French justice suspended the license to use Starlink in France.

Starlink: SpaceX Strikes Back

SpaceX uses these frequencies to operate its massive Starlink network, a constellation of more than 2,400 satellites, 40 of which were lost in a solar storm. These are needed to ensure broadband Internet coverage anywhere on the globe.

Last year, the FCC has opened the door to using the 12 GHz band for 5G, Dish and a company called RS Access have submitted studies along these lines. The companies have also formed a “5G Coalition for 12 GHz”, with the aim of getting the FCC to modify its rules and authorize the use of the band in question for 5G.

But the arguments made by these operators are currently contradicted by SpaceX. According to Elon Musk’s company, if spectrum were to be opened up for 5G use, customers would suffer a total interruption of service in 74% of cases.

Source: theverge

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