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US President Joe Biden has been accused of unfairly penalising political rival Elon Musk by dropping an $885m (£750m) contract awarded to his satellite company Starlink.

Republican official Brendan Carr attacked a decision by a Biden nominee to revoke the award to Starlink to provide internet connections to 650,000 rural homes.

Mr Carr, who works at US telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission, said the decision was “a clear error and plainly exceeds agency authority”.

The aim of the centrist part of the D Party – as with that of the centrist part of the R – is to gain control of government in order to be in control of government. Of the progressive part of the Ds in order to good things by having control of govt.

Any of those three mean using having control of government in order to reward supporters and punish non-supporters. QED.

What’s actually the technically best way of getting rural broadband coverage – or even the best cash deal – comes a very distant second to those calculations about power.

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  1. Alternatively they should lambast the process by which the awards were handed out to Starlink and many others. When a tiny roundabout with no homes on it is one of the sites which one company got some of the money to provide internet connection, then there are problems with the process.

  2. I’m pretty sure Starlink is still receiving plenty of money from the alphabet agencies tho. Since it’s, y’know, very clearly a massive spying platform.

  3. US President Joe Biden has been accused of unfairly penalising political rival Elon Musk by dropping an $885m (£750m) contract awarded to his satellite company Starlink.

    Starlink might be the easiest and cheapest way of providing this since the infrastructure is already up-and-running, it’s just a case of supplying the kit to the local library / community centre and then sharing that out locally.

    The question is, if they aren’t going to use Starlink to reach these communities, what ARE they going to use?

    Rural broadband was always going to be a nightmare because your essentially dependent upon central or local government paying for the cable laying from the nearest exchange out to that outlaying rural community unless the rural community has the resources to afford it themselves (like the lord of the manor coughing).

    Along comes Starlink and it’s a relatively reasonable cost as long as you are at a latitude that’s got decent coverage.

  4. JG – idk, clearly Elon Musk is a lot cleverer and more autistic than me, because I thought entering a 100 year old mature industry in 2003 dominated by a small number of massive global firms with yuge institutional experience, capital, brand recognition and distribution networks was a guaranteed money loser.

    That’s why I’m a prole and he’s a bajillionaire, I spose.

    But Starlink – the idea is that he’s gonna get more rich selling relatively expensive broadband to the poorest people on the planet? By launching a historically unprecedented number of satellites, at massive upfront and ongoing expense? When fixed location internet services are way less popular than mobile anyway, and a lot of the target market in third world countries will be forever excluded to him unless he can satisfy the local censors and/or intelligence services? When there’s already rapidly growing competition from cheaper technologies such as 5G? When your signal can be easily interrupted by sleepy kitties looking for a warm antenna dish to kip on?

    Madness. Unless this is like the time Howard Hughes headed a fake commercial venture pretending to mine the seabed.

  5. I’ve always seen Starlink as a loss-leader for SpaceX.

    Basically, to prove he’s right about reusability of SpaceX rockets he needed to get customers to fly their expensive satellites on rockets which had been used more than once, but was struggling to find enough customers to justify that.

    By establishing Starlink he essentially becomes his own customer and enabling to prove out that aspect of SpaceX reusability, but he has also deployed a very capable low-latency, high bandwidth available network solution that works worldwide +/- high latitudes.

    He’s not just selling kit to remote workers in rural locations ($500 for kit and $100 / month for internet), but he’s also selling more expensive kit for use on yachts, boats, ships, oil rigs you name it. For those customers who are getting screwed by the old-style satellite internet providers he is a godsend, even at $10,000 installation and $1,000 a month internet.

    So I don’t think it will be individual customers living remotely that will be the main user of Starlink, it will be commercial customers, the über wealthy and governments seeking to bring Internet service to rural communities.

    In that case, Starlink has great potential, but it’s early days.

  6. “When your signal can be easily interrupted by sleepy kitties looking for a warm antenna dish to kip on?”

    recently found out that the starlink dishes have capability to be heated so you don’t get issues with snow buildup

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