Elon Musk's SpaceX has requested to offer high-speed Internet to Canadians living in remote areas by transmitting them via satellites.
The Globe and Mail newspaper first reported that the space exploration company SpaceX petitioned Canada's telecommunications regulator, the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), for what is known as the International Basic Services license. Telecommunications, or BITS.
It is a requirement for any company that wants to offer what the CRTC calls "telecommunications traffic between Canada and any other country." Theoretically it would include voice and data packets over cellular networks, but SpaceX's plan appears to be to offer High-speed Internet to Canadians in remote areas transmitting through their satellite network.
If they succeed in obtaining a BITS license, that means SpaceX, whose formal company name is Space Exploration Technologies Corp. – Theoretically it could try to offer more wireless telecommunications services in the future, such as voice and data plans. But for now the application is focused on high-speed Internet, direct to rural homes and businesses.
CRTC data suggests that up to 40 percent of Canadians who do not live in major urban areas do not have high-speed access. The Internet, and what is available, is often prohibitively expensive.
In last fall's election, the ruling liberals promised to ensure that 95 percent of Canadian households and businesses would have high-speed internet by 2026, and that every Canadian household would have access to it by 2030 "no matter where it is located. find in the country. "
The problem has grown in importance during the COVID-19 pandemic, as millions of Canadians are working from home, without seeming an end in sight.
Rural Canadians weigh
The application was filed in May and the public comment deadline is Friday. More than 1,200 Canadians have intervened in the proposal, a large number of them in support of it.
"I live in rural Ontario, where there are no providers that can provide Internet at a fast and affordable price," said Mahdi Hossinzehi. , a resident of Cedar Valley, Ontario, about 30 miles north of Toronto. "With fast, reliable and affordable internet, rural areas will benefit immensely financially and many younger people will not end up going to town."
Carol Jobity of Adjala-Tosorontio, just west of Barrie, Ontario. it is equally supportive.
"Please approve of this," Jobity wrote to the regulator. "We are 100 percent supportive"