Will SpaceX Be the Next Major Internet Provider for the World?

Elon Musk plans to have space-based Internet. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Elon Musk plans to have space-based Internet. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Elon Musk’s space company, SpaceX, is seeking permission from the federal government to begin testing on a project that will send Internet service from space. This will be a huge step forward that would create another major competitor to Comcast, AT&T, and other telecom companies.

According to The Washington Post, Musk has said that it “would be like rebuilding the Internet in space.”

Musk is planning to send about 4,000 satellites into space.

This would give people even in the most isolated parts of the Earth a high-speed Internet signal. This is not the first time someone has attempted this—Bill Gates tried in the 1990s with no success.

Google may help SpaceX create satellite internet network:

Facebook also recently abandoned a similar plan to build a $500 million satellite that would provide the world with another option for Internet service. However, Elon Musk knows of the obstacles that others have come across, and has the means to avoid them, wrote The Inquistr.

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Elon Musk has hinted at plans for creating a space-based Internet service provider, and has said that it would “be a real enabler for people in poorer regions of the world,” and would even help in making the Internet better in the U.S. “where people are stuck with Time Warner or Comcast.”

If successful, the attempt could transform SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, Calif., from a pure rocket company into a massive high-speed-Internet provider that would not only take on major companies in the developed world, but also make first-time customers out of the billions of people who are currently not online, wrote the Post.

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According to the Inquistr, filing with the Federal Communications Commission shows that Elon Musk would like to start the testing phase of his satellite plan as early as 2016. Elon Musk has said before that he expects his service to be responsible for about 10 percent of all Internet traffic. SpaceX’s collection of satellites would wrap around the Earth in low orbit, giving Internet signals to one another, which would make connections stronger and more widespread across the globe.

It will be interesting to see if this gets off the ground (pun intended). With that said, Musk already has his own rocket.

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