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Elon Musk, oftentimes compared to the real life version of Tony Stark and more popularly known as the CEO of Tesla, took to twitter to announce that his latest star-studded venture includes setting internet satellites into orbit.
The spaceflight company, SpaceX is a $1 billion investment aiming at bringing “unfettered internet access for the masses” at a “very low cost”. Or at least that’s how he responded to a twitter follower after making an announcement on the microblogging platform that the project is still in its early stages of development.
Elon Musk has joined forces with WorldVu Satellites Ltd. Founder Greg Wyler, to utilize one of his radio spectrum channels for a plan that will release 700 micro-satellites that weigh just under 250 pounds. Elon Musk teased followers stating that the real announcement would be made in 2 to 3 months.
When Greg Wyler left Google on early September, he allegedly “took with him the rights to certain radio spectrum that could be used to provide Internet access, according to a person familiar with the matter.” According to The Wall Street Journal, CEO of Mile Marker 101, Neil Mackay, comments that Wyler’s decision to leave the company could hurt Google, but that at the same time, Google is currently working on other projects aimed at expanding internet access such as Google’s Loon Project, Google Fiber, and has purchased two new ventures, Titan Aerospace and Skybox Imagining, in efforts to deliver internet over the sky.
Broadband delivered over the Ethers would free internet service consumers from Telecoms that are currently overcharging for sub-par broadband speeds.
If these companies manage to become Internet Service Providers and become the competitors of current Telco companies, how do you think the FCC would react to preserving net neutrality?