FCC Approves Amazon’s $10B Plan for Satellite Internet

Amazon will move forward with Project Kuiper, a $10 billion satellite Internet endeavor, thanks to unanimous approval from the Federal Communications Commission late last week.

Project Kuiper was first announced during spring 2019. Amazon intends to utilize more than 3,000 satellites to bring high-speed Internet to people who live in remote places around the world. The FCC authorization gives Amazon the ability to offer service to Americans through the project…

Amazon’s project has one high-profile competitor in Starlink, the satellite Internet project from Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX. SpaceX claims that roughly 700,000 U.S. citizens have expressed interest in its upcoming broadband service, which, similar to Kuiper, will cost $10 billion to put in place.

BroadbandNow notes that HughesNet and Viasat are currently the two most prominent satellite Internet providers in the country.