SpaceX wants to equip American school buses with Starlink antennas to provide students with high-speed Internet connectivity while traveling through the countryside. The company has asked the FCC to approve federal funding for the project.
After Royal Caribbean’s luxury cruise ships now offer high-speed internet connectivity, SpaceX has set its sights on American school buses. Elon Musk’s company is actually planning to install Starlink antennas on the famous yellow buses to offer students satellite internet connectivity.
American School Bus © Maximilian Simson / Unsplash
SpaceX’s new project concerns the most rural areas of the United States and, in particular, lines that “take over 60 minutes one way and are largely unavailable to other broadband services.” It is recalled that the task of the Starlink satellite constellation is to be able to cover the most isolated areas of the planet. For the same reason, a science base in Antarctica recently received its own Starlink antenna.
Starlink can ‘turn travel time into connection time’ in rural areas
Therefore, SpaceX has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve federal funding for this project to equip school buses with antennas to “assist students traveling long bus routes in an attempt to convert weather travel to connected times.”
For these students, it will also be an opportunity to take advantage of a high-speed Internet connection. Most of them don’t have that fast connectivity at home, as SpaceX explained, as they live in rural areas that are still underserved and less privileged. They could use this Internet access for educational purposes, as well as to communicate with their family or just to have fun with friends.
The FCC recently granted SpaceX permission to use Starlink on moving vehicles, whether that be cars, trucks, boats, planes and, in this case, school buses. Now SpaceX is asking the FCC to approve federal funding to install Wi-Fi hotspots on school buses. “Providing new funding for these mobile services is paramount because in many cases, these students do not have high-speed, low-latency options not only on their way to school, but also on their way home to school,” the aerospace company said. The FCC has not yet responded.
Source: PC Mag