The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally authorized Boeing aerospace company to create, launch, and operate its own satellite Internet project. The application for this project was filed four years ago. This means Boeing will now compete with SpaceX's Starlink and Britain's OneWeb on the satellite Internet market.

Boeing now plans to launch 132 satellites into low-earth orbit (an altitude of 1,056 km) and 15 more satellites into non-geostationary orbit (an altitude of 27,355-44,221 km). During the constellation's deployment, the company aims to provide broadband Internet access to private, government, and business customers in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Once the network is deployed, its services will become available to customers from the rest of the world.

All Boeing's satellites will operate in the V-band, a higher-frequency segment of the wireless spectrum than the Ka and Ku bands that Starlink uses. V-band can provide higher data rates, but runs a bigger risk of interference since it is more difficult for higher frequencies to penetrate solid objects.

Boeing has six years to launch half of its satellite constellation and nine years for the entire network's deployment.

Previously, SpaceX expressed concern about Boeing's plans. If another company starts launching satellites into orbit, this will increase the risk of satellites' collision. This did not affect the final decision of the FCC.