Press release: New Research Highlights Concerns Whether Starlink™ Will Meet Federal Broadband Capacity Requirements

Via Business Wire – 8 February 2021 – The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) and NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today submitted to the FCC a technical assessment and model to aid the agency’s efforts to scrutinize the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) long-form applications for Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) Satellite broadband networks.

Via BUSINESS WIRE – 8 February 2021 — The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) and NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today submitted to the FCC a technical assessment and model to aid the agency’s efforts to scrutinize the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) long-form applications for Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) Satellite broadband networks. The FCC awarded almost $900M of assigned RDOF funds to SpaceX™ with a commitment to connect 640,000 locations across the U.S. with its Starlink™ satellite broadband technology. The sample analysis conducted by Cartesian, based upon current publicly available information, estimates that Starlink would face a capacity shortfall by 2028 and over 56% of Starlink’s RDOF subscribers would not be fully served. Through this analysis, the Cartesian paper provides a roadmap for the FCC to evaluate more information as it becomes available and to verify ultimately whether the network will in fact perform as promised in the RDOF auction.

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