Many Americans may be reluctant to use the Starlink internet. Here's why

Many Americans may be reluctant to use the Starlink internet. Here's why ...

SpaceX has issued a threat to its Starlink internet service.

If a proposal by Dish Network to use the 12 GHz band for terrestrial 5G is approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the company announced on Tuesday, June 21, that its Starlink network would be "unusable for most Americans."

In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, SpaceX made its announcement, and the claims are part of an ongoing conflict with the Dish Network.

A fresh 5G network proposal might result in ''harmful interference'' for Starlink users.

SpaceX wrote to the Financial Times that Dish Network, a US-based satellite broadcaster, has requested permission to operate a high-power 5G mobile service in the 12 GHz band.

According to SpaceX, the issue arises from the fact that Starlink, OneWeb, and other satellite operators have used the same Ku-band spectrum to connect to user terminals.

In Las Vegas, a private space firm conducted testing showing that Dish Network''s suggestion would cause Starlink users to "experience harmful interference" more than 77 percent of time.

According to SpaceX in a press statement, "despite a lack of technical analysis dating back to 2016 that refute the basis of their assumptions, DISH has attempted to mislead the FCC with a faulty analysis in hopes of concealing the truth."

"Our research shows that Starlink customers will experience dangerous interference more than 77% of the time, total outage of service74% of the time, rendering Starlink unusable for most Americans."

SpaceX claims that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received misleading conclusions.

In the FCC complaint, David Goldman, the senior director of satellite policy, wrote in his analysis that "this study [the one conducted by SpaceX] would determine what should be intuitive that a high-powered terrestrial network would blow out anyone who uses the high-sensitivity equipment satellite consumers must use to receive signals that conform with Commission and international power limitations on satellite downlink transmissions."

"As a result, vastly less Americans might be connected using next-generation satellite services, and those who remain would experience degraded service and regular network interruptions."

Goldman criticised a number of interference analysis undertaken by businesses looking to build 5G networks. One research, according to Goldman, was completely "untethered from reality," as it failed to address key factors such as the way satellite operators communicate their spectrum through coordination arrangements such as the one recently agreed by SpaceX and OneWeb.

SpaceX has asked the FCC to cancel Dish Network''s 12 GHz 5G network proposal. It also asked the government agency to investigate whether technical tests submitted by DISH and other organizations were misleading. Dish Network has previously filed its own FCC complaints against SpaceX, and has recently demanded that it deactivate customers using Starlink on the move.

Within 18 months, SpaceX might own two-thirds of all active satellites.

Due to Starlink and other similar satellite mega-constellations, Astronomers are subject to their own unique existential danger. According to a recent survey, "without drastic reduction of reflectivities, or significantly decreased total satellites in orbit, satcons will greatly alter the night sky worldwide."

The internet satellite service for SpaceX currently doesn''t serve a lot of US cities, but it is mostly available in rural areas. However, the company is expected to expand its capabilities in 2023, according to a map on its website.

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, said that SpaceX is expecting "over 4,200 Starlink satellites in the coming 18 months," which would constitute two-thirds of all satellites.

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