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According to SpaceX, the 5G expansion will make Starlink "unusable" for most Americans.

New York (CNN Business)SpaceX, Dish Network, and other 5G providers are in a fierce battle for SpaceX over wireless frequencies I'm involved. He says he needs Starlink, an orbiting internet service, and Dish says he needs it for his customers.

SpaceX claims that if federal regulators allow 5G wireless networks to use certain spectral bands, they can cause widespread outages for Starlink Internet customers. .. The spectrum refers to various radio frequencies. Federal regulators strictly protect which companies can use which frequencies so that the signals do not interfere with each other.

In the statement, SpaceX targeted the Dish Network, which is primarily known as a satellite television company but also has a cellular network. SpaceX "misunderstands" the Federal Communications Commission, which allocates spectrum usage across carriers to prove that allowing Dish to extend its 5G network does not affect Starlink users. Claims to have tried.

When asked to comment, Dish simply said, "Professional engineers are evaluating SpaceX's claims in filing."

At the root of the standoff is the 12 GHz band. This is a slice of radio frequency used primarily for services such as Starlink and its satellite Internet competitor OneWeb.

In a fierce letter to the FCC, SpaceX Senior Director of Satellite Policy David Goldstein said, "There is no rational engineer," a study advocated by Dish and its allies. I wrote that I couldn't believe it. He also asks the FCC to investigate whether other wireless providers, Dish Network and RS Access, have "intentionally submitted misleading reports."

SpaceX has conducted its own analysis, which claims to "correct some terrible assumptions" in the Dish and RS Access study.

"If Dish's lobbying is successful, our research shows that Starlink customers experience harmful interference in over 77% of the time and are completely out of service in 74% of the time. And most Americans will not be able to use Starlink, "said the SpaceX statement.

5Gfor12GHz Coalition — a group of industry stakeholders, including wireless providers such as Dish — also has engineers reviewing the filing "in detail" and "in good faith with the FCC and stakeholders. I promise to continue working. " Allow Americans to enjoy the immense benefits of 5G services in this band.

Coalition was conducted by an independent company that discovered that 99.85% of customers using Starlink and similar services "experience zero harmful interference with 5G."I pointed out the investigation.

The FCC did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

Democratic FCC Chair Jessica Rosenwessel described the incident as "one of the most complex docks we have" at the March Househearing. called.

"A lot of technical work is required to ensure that radio waves can handle all of these various uses without harmful interference," she said. "We can assure you that the best engineers are evaluating this right now."

This kind of spectrum rights battle is nothing new. Satellites and carriers are often competing with each other for what they consider to be the most desirable spectral band. The current standoffs in the 12 GHz band of the spectrum have been going on for over a year. This is a separate issue from the 5G battles in theC-band spectrumand the recent fear of interference withplanes.
Dish previously accused SpaceXof saying that plans to mount Starlink terminals on moving vehicles are illegal and could interfere with Dish's satellite TV customers. increase.

Dish has about 8.2 million wireless subscribers as of May and wants to dramatically expand its business. A filing released earlier this year revealed that SpaceX has more than 400,000 Starlink customers worldwide.