SpaceX moves a step closer towards launching satellite-based internet service in Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for high-speed digital connections. Now more than ever, Canadians are working, learning and communicating with friends and family from home.

SpaceX moves a step closer towards launching satellite-based internet service in Canada
SpaceX moves a step closer towards launching satellite-based internet service in Canada

SpaceX moves a step closer towards launching satellite-based internet service in Canada

SpaceX has garnered the second round of government approval with respect to its plans to provide high-speed internet service in Canada through a constellation of satellites. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (IESD) has approved SpaceX’s Starlink program.

SpaceX is targeting a 2020 launch for satellite-based internet services in the northern U.S. and Canada. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for high-speed digital connections. Now more than ever, Canadians are working, learning and communicating with friends and family from home.

This need has encouraged Canadian authorities to take decisions regarding SpaceX’s Starlink program faster. Over 2,500 comments on SpaceX’s endeavor were submitted to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), many highlighting the need for better internet service.

As reported by ctvnews, though the Starlink project is still in its early stages, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington state’s Department of Commerce had tried the service with Hoh Tribe members, and they were able to use it successfully to attend telehealth appointments and virtual learning sessions.

SpaceX aims to provide high-speed internet connectivity to rural and remote communities in Canada through the Starlink program.