As public hype grows for the eventual launch of SpaceX’s space-based Internet service Starlink, initial speed test results have popped up all over the Internet most probably taken by participants of its ongoing private beta testing team.
The results came out a far cry from Elon Musk’s initial promise however it had gained favorable views from testers and members of the general public however as Dave Mosher of the Business Insider reports, these results may not be enough for the company to gather federal support of their Starlink Internet initiative.
Though the company has not released any word on the matter, Mosher explains, it is probable that SpaceX is building up support and lobbying efforts to be able to win funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Known as the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, it is a governmental effort to be able to provide residents of rural America high-speed, low-latency web access that lacks any broadband Internet service. With more than $20 billion worth of funding at stake, industry insiders suggest that there are a lot of entities seeking to have a share of the pie. However, with SpaceX, they suggest that the company may have a hard time partaking in this program or won’t win any funding at all.
Blair Levin, as Mosher quotes, suggests that the Internet service’s satellites don’t win anything.
Also, experts have expected better results from the company even though the Starlink Internet service is only at its beta stage of testing.
On the other hand, an insider when it comes to the inner workings of the FCC suggested that ‘it’s not good’ in the context of these initial results if SpaceX is looking into participating in the aforementioned federal program and its bidding process.
As of press time, the FCC has refused to divulge the participants of the program. However, despite that, SpaceX will continue to launch more of its satellites to space and is planning to launch its service soon.