SpaceX would have to launch over 60 satellites per month for six years, at a cost of $10 billion. Once completed, the constellation would provide internet coverage.
The satellites would reduce our dependence on internet cables here on earth. And they would cover remote places that currently have limited access to high-speed internet.
But SpaceX will have to share with other companies. It will have to be careful its signals do not encounter theirs, causing interference.
The US Federal Communications Commission has ruled that SpaceX will have to defer to competitors like OneWeb and Telesat that have secured their spectrum first.
Both OneWeb and Telesat have priority to transmit their own signals in some areas, even in the US, which in theory would be a market dominated by SpaceX.
That puts a limit to SpaceX’s ambitions, because its satellites cannot be as powerful or operate as freely.