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Dish: SpaceX Request for Mobile Starlink Service a 'Lawless, Pirate Application'

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SpaceX's plan to offer a Starlink service for mobile users is facing resistance from Dish Network, which is demanding the FCC reject the company’s application for the necessary radio spectrum.

On Thursday, Dish Network sent a terse one-page filing(Opens in a new window) to the FCC, objecting to SpaceX's request to access the 2GHz radio band to power the mobile Starlink service.    “Any such evaluation need only be brief.

This is a lawless, pirate application. The Commission should dismiss it without accepting it for filing,” Dish said. In addition, the company wants to participate in all FCC proceedings about the matter.

Back in July, when SpaceX requested access to the 2GHz band, it noted that Dish is currently licensed to use the radio spectrum, but claimed “there is scant evidence” that the company is actually using it for mobile satellite service purposes.   “While Dish is authorized to deploy a terrestrial network operating in this band, the limited reach of its long-promised network will leave large portions of the country completely unserved by 2GHz operations,” SpaceX added.

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