Amazon has received permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to continue the Kuiper project, its initiative to launch a fleet of low-orbit satellites that will be used to provide broadband Internet access to undervalued communities in the United States.
The FCC approved the tech giant’s ambitious 5-0 vote on Thursday.
Thanks to the commission’s green light, Amazon will now be able to begin deploying its 3,236 satellites. In total, Amazon is spending $ 10 billion on a project based at Amazon’s new development center in Redmond, Washington.
“We’ve heard so many stories lately about people failing to do their jobs or finish school because they don̵7;t have reliable Internet at home,” said Amazon senior vice president Dave Limp. “There are still a lot of places where broadband is unreliable or where it doesn’t exist at all. Kuiper will change that.”
Many school districts in the country that are in areas without widespread Internet access try to reach their students during a coronavirus pandemic.
Many states and cities have forcibly set up mobile hotspots on the Internet where children can log in and download their tasks.