Elon Musk Says He’s About to Deliver the Future of High-Speed Internet – Inc.

Elon Musk Says He’s About to Deliver the Future of High-Speed Internet – Inc.

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Elon Musk has been saying for years that he believes the future of the internet resides in space. And now he's planning to make a major change that could facilitate that transition sooner rather than later. "Right now, we are a private company, but Starlink is the right kind of business that we can go ahead and take public, " Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's chief operating officer, said on Thursday, according to Bloomberg. "That particular piece is an element of the business that we are likely to spin out and go public." Starlink is SpaceX's name for a satellite-based internet service. The company envisions sending thousands of satellites into space that can beam internet access back to the ground. Those satellites will come together in a cluster over highly populated areas to ensure they deliver enough coverage. They'll also beam internet to less-populated parts of the world where people still aren't online. So far, SpaceX has shipped 240 Starlink satellites into space, and plans to deliver many thousand more in the coming years. .

Musk has already tested the service, but it's not currently available to the public. On Thursday, Shotwell didn't provide specifics, but did say that the service will be substantially cheaper than what existing internet access costs and will deliver speeds that are five to 10 times faster that what you get now, potentially putting it in the same game-changing class as 5G. Shotwell didn't say when Starlink would go public, but all signs are pointing to sooner rather than later. And it makes sense. As part of SpaceX, Starlink is just a component in a broader business. And while it gets attention at SpaceX, it's not the company's main focus. By spinning it off, SpaceX can have a company in Starlink that's focused solely on building an internet service in space. And perhaps most important, it could help expedite a process of upgrades that could take years to develop terrestrially. For investors, it also means an opportunity to have a stake in SpaceX, a company that has remained private since its inception. .

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