FCC Sued Over Changes To SpaceX's Starlink Internet System

By Kelcee Griffis (June 1, 2021, 6:15 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission is facing multiple challenges over its authorization of updates to SpaceX's Starlink fleet of satellites for broadband internet, as competitors Dish Network and Viasat allege that the expansive system will interfere with their own internet and broadcast services.

Dish Network filed its federal court challenge on Thursday in the D.C. Circuit, asserting that the FCC wrongfully gave SpaceX's so-called satellite constellation permission to flout usage rules in the 12 GHz band, which "would cause unacceptable interference" with Dish's satellite TV transmissions.

A day earlier, Viasat told the D.C. Circuit that it faces "a risk of collisions with...

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