SpaceX says Dish’s 5G plan would be ‘detrimental’ to millions of Starlink users

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delivers a new batch of Starlink satellites into orbit. | Image: SpaceX

SpaceX is pulling out all the stops to prevent Dish and other wireless companies from using the same radio frequencies as its internet-from-space Starlink satellites. Today, in a rare media call with reporters, SpaceX representatives reiterated how damaging they believe it would be for Starlink users if the Federal Communications Commission were to open up the 12GHz frequency band — which SpaceX’s satellites currently use — to other terrestrial uses like 5G.

“Essentially, the band would become unusable,” David Goldman, senior director of satellite policy at SpaceX, said during the press call. “It would potentially end services for customers.”

Dish hopes to use the spectrum to build out its new 5G network and has argued the deployment…

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