The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's Wire Network Competition Office refused to provide the US$9000 million SpaceX funding requested by the company for the maintenance and development of the Starlink satellite group, which provides broadband access to the Internet worldwide, including remote and rural areas.
SpaceX has already appealed this decision by filing an appeal which described it as currently pending before the regulatory authority.
On 16 September, however, the FCC gave the competition SpaceX, Lynk, a satellite network that uses spacecraft as a cell phone base to connect mobile phones. Now Lynk remains to find a partner to provide a mobile service. SpaceX, which targets the same market, announced a partnership with T-Mobile in August as part of the Coverage Above and Beyond project, but this deal is still awaiting the approval of the FCC.
In addition, Ilona Maska has now launched more than 3,200 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit. SpaceX is authorized to launch another 12,000 spacecraft and is seeking approval to launch another 30,000 satellites into space.