Elon Musk’s SpaceX is in talks for the company’s Starlink satellite division to earn funding as a part of the UK government’s new $6.9 billion internet infrastructure program.
According to Sky News, Elon Musk’s SpaceX is in talks with the United Kingdom for the company’s Starlink satellite unit to potentially to earn funding as a part of the government’s new $6.9 billion internet infrastructure program.
Britain’s Minister for Digital Infrastructure Matt Warman recently met with Starlink leadership as a part of ongoing discussions with a number of technology communications companies for the ‘Project Gigabit’ plan rolled out Friday, Sky News reported.
Starlink is SpaceX’s platform to build an interconnected internet network with thousands of satellites designed to deliver high-speed internet to consumers anywhere on the planet, including in hard-to-reach geographical areas.
The company has thus far launched more than 1,200 satellites to orbit and in October began rolling out early Starlink service in a public beta that includes customers in the US, Canada, Britain, Germany and New Zealand.
Project Gigabit, which was unveiled Friday, is the UK government’s $6.9 billion program to upgrade the internet service of more than one million homes and businesses.
The first phase of the project will involve analyzing proposals from companies with a variety of delivery methods, including satellites and other “high altitude platforms.”