US Authorities Approve Elon Musk’s Blazing Internet Service for Flights and Cruises

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On Thursday, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized SpaceX — the company of business tycoon Elon Musk — to provide satellite Internet to moving vehicles such as planes, boats and trucks. Now commercial airlines and cruise lines can offer travelers Internet service from this company, Starlink.

Tom Sullivan, head of the FCC’s international bureau, said: “Authorizing a new class of [customer] Terminals for SpaceX’s satellite system will expand the range of broadband capabilities to meet the growing demands of users who now require connectivity while on the go, whether driving an RV across the country, moving a freighter from Europe to a US port or international flight.”

This is great news for companies in the travel industry interested in offering this service to their customers and for those that already provide Starlink satellite Internet. a few weeks ago, Hawaiian Airlines had already announced the implementation of Starlink internet service and Royal Caribbean recently became the first cruise line to apply for the service.

Companies that already offer SpaceX internet service have been experiencing limitations in the US in a recent post on Royal Caribbean blog it was explained: “Before you can expect to get super-fast Wi-Fi on a Royal Caribbean ship, the technology must be approved by the FCC because right now Starlink isn’t allowed in moving vehicles.”

But now that the FCC has approved the use of the service, travelers can look forward to a better Internet connection. SpaceX had been waiting for an answer since March and now it has the green light. However, the US agency imposed some conditions that SpaceX must accept such as “interference received from current and future authorized services” and other conditions and requirements.

Very soon, travelers will begin to experience this incredible Internet connection during flights and cruises. Hawaiian Airlines will provide the service for free next year on all of its 42 planes — the entire fleet, including Airbus A330s, A321neos and Boeing 787 Dreamliners — and Royal Caribbean has already started testing Starlink on its Freedom of the Seas ship.

Travelers will get high-speed satellite internet everywhere

SpaceX satellite coverage provides services in 36 countries. Since 2019, the company has already launched 2,700 satellites into low to medium Earth orbit for low latency and high speed. The company is already being used by more than 400,000 users

Now that this satellite Internet service has been approved for use on the go, users will be able to experience high-speed Internet connections anywhere in the world.

Royal Caribbean Group Vice President of Operational Excellence John Maya said in a letter to FCC: “Working with SpaceX Services, Inc., we believe we have identified a true next-generation solution for our ships that meets rigorous technical and operational requirements consistent with our growth plans.”

The cruise line has already outfitted its Freedom of the Seas vessel with satellite dishes, Starlink’s Dishy McFlatfaces, to provide customers with Internet through its Voom Wi-Fi service—prices they currently range from $17.99 per day to $32.99 per day with streaming options. According to information provided by crew centerthe cruise company’s Internet service is expected to increase considerably: from 3 to 5 Mbps to 50 to 250 Mbps.

Hawaiian Airlines, for its part, will be offering its customers free Wi-Fi service in 2023. According to reports hawaii blowdownload speeds will range from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps.

when the alliance was Announced In April, Peter Ingram, chairman and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, said, “We waited until the technology met our high standards for the guest experience, but the wait will be worth it. Our guests can expect fast, seamless and free Wi-Fi to complement our award-winning Hawaiian hospitality on board.”

Travelers will soon begin to experience Starlink’s fast Internet connection, and since Hawaiian Airlines will offer this service for free, many expect other cruise lines and airlines to do the same.

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