Dish Says Rural Broadband Not Enough To Justify Starlink

By Kelcee Griffis (October 13, 2021, 7:05 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission can't use the goal of expanding rural broadband as a trump card to approve projects like SpaceX's massive Starlink satellite internet constellation without properly vetting them, a rival satellite provider has told the D.C. Circuit.

In a Tuesday brief, Dish Network slammed the agency for passing over evidence that the constellation will interfere with other providers and for waiving a requirement that SpaceX's project must first receive a stamp of approval from an international telecommunications body.

The FCC "seeks to dress the waiver in the purple robe of an indisputable benefit—rural broadband," Dish wrote. "Not only is...

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