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FCC Clears Way for SpaceX to Vie for Rural Broadband Subsidies

June 9, 2020, 7:58 PM

The Federal Communications Commission changed course and voted to let satellite providers such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX vie for a piece of $20 billion in federal subsidies aimed at spreading broadband in the rural U.S.

The agency, after insisting satellite companies wouldn’t be eligible to bid in much of the auction, inserted language opening the door to their participation, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Tuesday during a news conference conducted by telephone.

“We did accommodate a request from a commissioner to include potential low-earth orbit satellite competitors that might wish to participate in the auction,” Pai said. He said...

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