It’s not easy to send a text to or from an antenna moving several thousand miles per hour, and CEO Charles Miller confirmed that it took a few years for them to make it happen. So when major companies say they’re working on it, he doesn’t feel too much heat. “That’s the benefit of having invented the tech five years ago: There’s a bunch of hard things that no one else has done yet. I’m not saying they can’t, just that they haven’t yet,” he told me. “We validated this and patented it in 2017. We did it from space yesterday and the day before — we have the world’s only active cell tower in space.”
Of course, you could have a thousand of them and it wouldn’t matter unless you have regulatory approval and partners in the mobile space. That’s the next step for Lynk, and although they have 15 contracts spanning 36 countries around the world and are preparing for commercial launch, the United States FCC is the “gold standard” for this kind of testing and validation. That’s not just because they have the best facilities — the FCC approval process is also the de facto battleground where companies attempt to run interference on one another. […] Today’s order approves Lynk’s satellite services to operate in general, having showed that they will not interfere with other services, radio bands, and so on. A separate approval will be needed when Lynk finds a partner to go to market with — but the more difficult and drawn out question of safety and interference is already answered.
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