The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States has permitted SpaceX, the organization of businessman billionaire Elon Musk, to offer satellite Internet to moving vehicles such as aircraft, ships, and trucks.
Tom Sullivan, the FCC international bureau chief, said: “Authorizing a new class of [customer] terminals for SpaceX’s satellite system will expand the range of broadband capabilities to meet the growing user demands that now require connectivity while on the move, whether driving an RV across the country, moving a freighter from Europe to a U.S. port, or while on a domestic or international flight.”
It’s fantastic news for companies in the travel sector interested in delivering this service to their consumers, as well as those who already provide Starlink satellite internet.
Hawaiian Airlines announced the deployment of Starlink internet service a few weeks ago, and Royal Caribbean just became the first cruise operator to request the service. Companies who currently provide SpaceX’s internet service have encountered constraints in the United States.
However, now that the FCC has allowed its operation, tourists may expect a stronger Internet connection. However, the US government set a few constraints on SpaceX, such as “interference received from both existing and future services approved,” among other criteria and regulations.
Travelers will soon be able to use this lightning-fast Internet connection on flights and cruises. Hawaiian Airlines will provide the service for free on all 42 of its planes next year, including the Airbus A330, A321neos, and Boeing 787 Dreamliner, while Royal Caribbean has already begun testing Starlink on its Freedom of the Seas ship.