Beaming internet from space to people across rural America
The US government plans to give SpaceX about one billion dollars to beam internet from space to people across rural America.
The Federal Communications Commission estimates that 21 million Americans still lack access to high-speed internet. The number could be much higher. SpaceX’s Starlink internet service which is now developing relies on an experimental swarm of nearly 1,000 satellites whizzing around Earth at more than 17,000 miles per hour as they beam the internet to high-tech antennas mounted on people’s homes.
The company’s satellite system is designed to cover the entire planet in connectivity besides the United States.