An Amazon satellite network would include thousands of low-Earth machines to provide service to cover the United State and most of the world…
Amazon has filed a request with the Federal Communication Commission to launch 3,236 broadband satellites. Said satellites would go into low-Earth orbit and provide almost the entire United States, as well as the majority of the globe.
Amazon Satellite Network FCC Request Submitted
The request for approval is part of Amazon’s subsidiary, the Kuiper System, and will offer more coverage, the company wrote in its filing:
“The Kuiper System will deliver satellite broadband communications services to tens of millions of unserved and underserved consumers and businesses in the United States and around the globe.”
This comes as direct competition to SpaceX, along with Starlink, which likewise plan to provide broadband access from space.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai shared his enthusiasm about the push to launch small satellites for broadband access:
“We now have in our sights new competition in the broadband marketplace and new opportunities for rural Americans who lack access to high-speed Internet access.”
Amazon previously revealed in April its plan for global broadband through filings with the International Telecommunication Union or ITU.
The network would also provide residential and commercial internet, as well as mobile access.