FCC gets 90,000+ comments from Starlink users protesting Dish mobile service

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The Federal Communications Commission has received more than 90,000 comments from Starlink users urging the agency to side with SpaceX in a spectrum battle against Dish Network. The comments were all submitted since last week when¬†SpaceX asked Starlink customers to weigh in on an FCC proceeding that seeks public input on the “feasibility of allowing mobile services in the 12.2-12.7 GHz band while protecting incumbents from harmful interference.”

Dish wants to use the 12 GHz band for mobile service and says that sharing the spectrum wouldn’t significantly degrade satellite broadband. SpaceX says the plan would cause “harmful interference [to Starlink users] more than 77 percent of the time and total outage of service 74 percent of the time, rendering Starlink unusable for most Americans.”¬†The satellite downlink band used by Starlink extends from 10.7 GHz to 12.7 GHz. SpaceX says it uses most of that but not the 10.7-10.95 GHz portion because it’s adjacent to radio astronomy systems.

The Starlink email was sent to users on June 28. There were a little more than 200 comments in the 18-month-old proceeding’s docket at that time, mostly from satellite or telecom companies and lobbyist or advocacy groups.

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