SpaceX urges lawmakers to support broadband satellite plan

As lawmakers turn their attention to ways to boost the expansion and adoption of high-speed broadband networks, SpaceX is urging them to look to the sky.

A senior official at the company best known for its rocket launches offered a detailed blueprint of SpaceX’s ambitious plan to blanket the sky with more than 4,000 satellites to provide affordable, ubiquitous broadband service with speeds that would rival commercial fiber networks.

“These will provide high-speed, low-latency and affordable broadband to the underserved and unserved populations throughout the United States and abroad,” Patricia Cooper, SpaceX’s vice president of satellite government affairs, told members of the Senate Commerce Committee this week. “This is an ambitious but vital objective.”

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