Elon Musk Is Trying to Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural Canada
His SpaceX company has filed an application with the CRTC
Published Jun 19, 2020Elon Musk is trying to set up shop north of the border, with the tech giant's SpaceX company applying to bring high-speed internet to rural Canada.
SpaceX has filed an application with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for what's called a Basic International Telecommunications Services — or BITS —licence, the Globe and Mail reports. A BITS is required for any company wanting to offer what the CRTC calls "telecommunications traffic between Canada and any other country."
If successful, SpaceX could then begin theoretically providing wireless telecom services here in Canada, such as voice and data plans. For now, though, the Globe reports that the SpaceX application focuses on high-speed internet, which would come to remote areas via the company's satellite network.
The CRTC has until today to comment on the application, according to the report. However, it's unclear how long it will take for the telecom regulator to review and approve the application.
Canada is hardly the only country where SpaceX is trying to carve out a piece of the ISP business. It's also planning to bring high-speed internet services to the U.S. later this year via its Starlink subsidiary, and according to the company, it then plans on "rapidly expanding to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021."
Of course, this all follows the news of the recent birth of Musk's son with Grimes — a baby we now finally know is legally named X AE A-XII Musk.