In a significant development, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission stated, it has approved Amazon.com Inc’s “Project Kuiper” project which envisages to build a network of more than 3,200 satellites in order to provide high speed broadband internet service anywhere in the world.
In 2019, Amazon had stated, it will launch a constellation of low earth-orbitting satellites so as to provide high-speed, low-latency, broadband connectivity to consumers around the globe.
In a statement the FCC said, Amazon plans on deploying Kuiper in five phases and “will provide broadband services to unserved and underserved consumers, businesses in the United States, and global customers.”
It went on to add, “the broadband services Kuiper proposes to provide will benefit American consumers.”
While the FCC had approved SpaceX’s initial plans in March this year, it has further approved the company’s request to access additional frequencies and has allowed the company to operate an additional 7,500 satellites at very low-Earth altitudes.
The FCC noted “the design of Kuiper’s satellites is not completed.”