SpaceX Gets FCC Approval for Lower-Latency Satellite Broadband

SpaceX has received FCC approval to offer lower-latency satellite broadband service in the U.S. SpaceX FCC approval paves the way for the company to provide broadband service in remote areas lacking equivalent terrestrial-based offerings. SpaceX, founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, is best known for rocket...Learn More

SpaceX Could Be the Next Satellite Broadband Provider

Rocket and space exploration company SpaceX could be the next satellite broadband provider if the FCC moves ahead with commission chairman Ajit Pai’s recommendation to approve the company to offer those services. SpaceX broadband would be somewhat different from existing satellite broadband offerings, in that...Learn More

CAF II Auction Start Date Could Be July 24, FCC Not Swayed by Comments

Broadband providers interested in deploying service to parts of 20 states could have until March 30 to apply to participate in a reverse auction that will award funding for those deployments. The proposed deadline is included in a 100-page public notice that the FCC is...Learn More

HughesNet Claims First FCC Broadband Defined 25 Mbps Satellite Broadband Service

Hughes Network Systems announced today what it bills as “the first and only U.S. satellite Internet service to offer Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defined broadband speeds – 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps uploads – from coast to coast.” Scheduled to go live on March...Learn More

Broadband in the Sky, JetBlue Fly-Fi Claims First Fleet Wide Gate-to-Gate Free Wi-Fi

JetBlue is betting that high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and a wider variety of VOD content, along with free snacks and more legroom in coach, will help it attract more travelers, as well as keep them coming back. The no-frills airline on Jan. 11 touted that its...Learn More

OneWeb LEO Satellites Aim to Create Extensive Satellite Broadband Network

OneWeb has raised $1.2 billion from a variety of previous investors to create a new low earth orbit (LEO) satellite manufacturing facility in Exploration Park, Florida to begin production in 2018.  The goal is to produce 720 OneWeb LEO satellites that when deployed will comprise...Learn More

FCC Measures U.S. Median Broadband Speed at 39 Mbps

The U.S. median broadband speed was 39 Mbps downstream as of September 2015, according to FCC data released yesterday – up 22% from the previous year. The results were published in the FCC’s latest “Measuring Broadband America” report. Issued since 2011, that report initially focused...Learn More

Verizon CAF Auction Ideas: Declined States, Least Costly Locations Should Get Priority

Although Verizon to date has declined to accept funding through the Connect America Fund (CAF) program to bring broadband to unserved parts of its local service territory, the company may be having a change of heart. Comments filed by Verizon with the FCC suggest the...Learn More

GCI Broadband Wireless Brings Social Benefits to Remote Areas of Alaska

Residents have seen higher high school graduation rates and improved healthcare since GCI broadband wireless came to remote areas of western Alaska, said GCI Executive Vice President Greg Chapados yesterday. Chapados made his comments at an event in Anchorage, where plans were announced to deploy...Learn More

CAF Auction and Satellite Broadband: ViaSat Expects to Meet Latency Requirements

Satellite broadband provider ViaSat on Friday issued a press release suggesting the company envisions participating in the upcoming Connect America Fund auction – and not just in the portion of the Connect America Fund targeting extremely high-cost areas as some stakeholders initially envisioned. The CAF...Learn More

ViaSat-3 100 Mbps Satellite Broadband Planned for 2019 Delivery

With promised 100 Mbps satellite broadband capability, ViaSat expects to deliver a major boost in broadband performance from its next generation of satellites, scheduled for “integration and delivery” in 2019. The satellites are targeted to provide residential service at speeds of 100 Mbps or higher...Learn More

Toyota Showcases In-Vehicle Satellite Broadband Connectivity, Sees Advantage Over 4G LTE

Toyota is showcasing a concept car at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that incorporates flat-panel antenna-based satellite broadband connectivity. The concept car showcases in-vehicle satellite broadband connectivity, developed by U.S.-based Kymeta. Kymeta’s flat-panel satellite broadband antenna employs liquid LCD technology and sophisticated...Learn More

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