Amazon has received authorization from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to continue with the Kuiper Project, its initiative to launch a fleet of low-orbit satellites that will be used to provide broadband Internet access to communities. undeserved in the US
The FCC approved the tech giant’s ambitious project with a 5-0 vote Thursday.
With the commission green light, Amazon will now be able to begin deploying its 3,236 satellites. In total, Amazon is spending $ 10 billion on the project based on a new Amazon development facility in Redmond, Wash.
“We’ve heard so many stories lately about people not being able to do their job or finish school because they don̵7;t have reliable internet at home,” said Dave Limp, Amazon’s senior vice president, at a statement. “There are still many places where broadband access is unreliable or non-existent. “Kuiper will change that.”
Many school districts in the country that are located in areas without extensive internet access have struggled to reach their students during the coronavirus pandemic.
Forced online, many states and cities have set up mobile hotspots where children can log in and download their homework.