: Elon Musk’s Starlink will reposition satellites to provide Florida with more internet access as residents recover from Hurricane Ian

by | Oct 4, 2022 | Stock Market

Elon Musk’s satellite internet company, Starlink, will help provide broadband internet access to people in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian. Florida governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said Saturday that Starlink will reposition some of its satellites to help get emergency responders online in Florida, where Hurricane Ian has resulted in more than 61 deaths and knocked power out for some 700,000 residences and businesses as of Monday, down from 2.6 million initially, the Associated Press reported. 

“We’re working with Elon Musk and Starlink satellites,” DeSantis said Saturday at a press conference in Fort Meyers, where he also said the state was working with local telecom companies to restore internet and phone access. In addition to repositioning satellites to improve internet coverage, SpaceX, the company that operates Starlink, was expected to deploy 120 “large Starlink units” to be used on the ground, DeSantis said. Each unit can provide internet access for up to 1,000 users within a 13-mile radius, he added. The units will be distributed in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto and Hardee counties, DeSantis said.  SpaceX did not respond immediately to a request for further details. SpaceX “donated the costs associated with all the coverage, so we want to thank SpaceX and thank Elon Musk for that,” DeSantis said. This is not the first time SpaceX has made its technology available to a crisis-stricken area. The company sent Starlink terminals to Ukraine after Russia invaded in February. Though the U.S. Agency for International Developmen …

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