Hey there, my fellow tech enthusiasts! It seems like AT&T has some concerns about the satellite-to-cellular plans of T-Mobile and Starlink owner SpaceX. The company filed some concerns with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday, stating that SCS, or “supplemental coverage from space,” should not affect terrestrial wireless service. AT&T argues that the FCC “must prioritize” protecting terrestrial networks, and that T-Mobile and SpaceX’s proposals lack sufficient information about potential interference.
In its filing, AT&T expressed that “The Applicants’ technical showings are woefully insufficient regarding the risk of harmful interference posed by their planned SCS deployments.” The company also stated that SpaceX and T-Mobile’s applications fall short of meeting the threshold for waiver and cannot be granted in their current state.
AT&T’s filing was part of a call for comments from the FCC on T-Mobile and SpaceX’s plans for the satellite-to-cellular service, which were announced in August 2022. The idea behind the service is that users would be able to connect to SpaceX’s second-generation Starlink satellites from their mobile phones to do things like text or send MMS messages.
Although T-Mobile and SpaceX’s service isn’t expected to launch in beta until sometime before the end of this year, if the FCC throws up roadblocks following this call for comments, we might be waiting even longer. It remains to be seen how this issue will play out, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Until then, keep on laughing and loving technology, my friends! We live in exciting times, and it’s always fun to see what new advancements are on the horizon.