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SpaceX Gets Federal Approval To Launch Satellite Internet Service

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SpaceX Gets Federal Approval To Launch Satellite Internet Service
It plans to launch over 4,400 of them within the next nine years.
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Elon Musk's plan to launch a global satellite-based internet service took a major step forward Thursday.

The Federal Communications Commission approved SpaceX's plan to launch over 4,400 satellites into low-Earth orbit within the next nine years.

Those satellites will, at least in theory, bring high-speed internet to areas that lack broadband access. 

They also might have the additional benefit of funding SpaceX's ambitious plan to send people to Mars; a Wall Street Journal report last year shows the company expects to make roughly $30 billion from the service by 2025.