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SpaceX protests Viasat-Inmarsat merger plans to U.S. FCC
« on: June 14, 2022, 01:28:57 am »
WIXX101 By Joey Roulette 6/13/2022

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – SpaceX’s satellite unit on Monday protested Viasat’s proposed acquisition of Inmarsat to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), alleging the rival satellite operator had violated commission rules and should not be granted approval to control another company’s assets.

SpaceX, which has launched some 2,600 satellites to space for its Starlink internet constellation, called on the FCC to deny satellite internet firm Viasat’s request to take over Inmarsat licenses as part of the companies’ proposed merger.

Reiterating past complaints to the commission, SpaceX argued Viasat is unfit to control Inmarsat’s FCC-approved ground terminals because Viasat is allegedly in violation of its own FCC licenses by using a radio frequency band without having met certain FCC conditions.