SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company is currently developing a micro-satellite network that hopes to bring cheap and uncensored internet access to the world, and that they will begin testing the satellites in the next 6 months. Back in January, the company received a $1 billion donation from Google and Fidelity.
The initial program’s main objective “is to validate the design of a broadband antenna communications platform … that will lead to the final LEO [low-Earth orbit] constellation design,” SpaceX said in its FCC filings.
We reported last year, that Musk said that the company is in the early stages of development on the project. Responding to a comment about the cost of the service, Musk said that the internet service would be “unfettered certainly and at very low cost.”
The announcement comes in the midst of heavy debate surrounding the cost and regulation of internet services. Musk’s announcement provides a solution that offers both cheap and unregulated internet, something that does not seem possible within the current internet paradigm. SpaceX is just one of many organizations who are developing creative solutions to the problems caused by internet centralization.
Along with mega corporations like SpaceX, Google and Facebook, independent researchers are also working on solutions, such as mesh networks and WI-Fi sharing systems.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.
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