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Amazon goes for jugular in FCC spat with Elon Musk over SpaceX internet plans

Amazon instructed U.S. regulators on Wednesday that Elon Musk doesn’t consider authorities rules apply to the billionaire who heads Tesla and SpaceX as the businesses spar over rival satellite-based internet plans.

In a harshly worded submitting with the Federal Communications Commission, Amazon accused Musk of ignoring quite a lot of government-imposed guidelines, together with a number of Federal Aviation Administration necessities.

“Whether it is launching satellites with unlicensed antennas, launching rockets without approval, building an unapproved launch tower, or re-opening a factory in violation of a shelter-in-place order, the conduct of SpaceX and other Musk-led companies makes their view plain: rules are for other people, and those who insist upon or even simply request compliance are deserving of derision and ad hominem attacks,” Amazon wrote. “If the FCC regulated hypocrisy, SpaceX would be keeping the commission very busy.”

Both SpaceX and Tesla didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon Wednesday. The FCC and FAA declined to remark.

Amazon’s Project Kuiper, a deliberate $10 billion community of over 3,000 satellites that can present high-speed internet from house, faces stiff competitors from SpaceX’s Starlink community.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Musk are also rivals in the non-public house launch business.
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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Musk are rivals in the non-public house launch business. Bezos’ Blue Origin has challenged the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s choice to award a $2.9 billion lunar lander contract to SpaceX.

Amazon on Aug. 25 requested the FCC to reject a proposed SpaceX revision to its satellite tv for pc configuration plans, saying it was at odds with FCC guidelines and left “nearly every major detail unsettled.”

Last week, SpaceX accused Amazon in its personal submitting with the FCC of in search of to delay SpaceX’s plan, saying it was “only the latest in its continuing efforts to slow down competition.”

Amazon’s Project Kuiper faces stiff competitors from SpaceX’s Starlink community, about which Elon Musk spoke at a June tech convention in Barcelona.
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SpaceX added: “While SpaceX has proceeded to deploy more than 1,700 satellites, Amazon has yet to even attempt to address the radiofrequency interference and orbital debris issues that must be resolved before Amazon can deploy its constellation.”

SpaceX advised Amazon “as it falls behind competitors … is more than willing to use regulatory and legal processes to create obstacles designed to delay those competitors from leaving Amazon even further behind.”

Amazon’s submitting stated “SpaceX has just one name for any private company that dares point out its flouting of laws and regulations: ‘anticompetitive.’”