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Elon Musk's SpaceX Starlink internet service now has 10,000 users

Starlink says it's also meeting the FCC's speed requirements for rural internet services.


The SpaceX Starlink service has deployed mini satellites in space to provide internet connectivity.


SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet service now has more than 10,000 users, the company said. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday, Elon Musk's Starlink said its network is also already providing 100/20Mbps internet speeds or above.

"Starlink's performance is not theoretical or experimental," says the filing, reported earlier Thursday by CNBC. "Over 10,000 users in the United States and abroad are using the service today."

Read more: How SpaceX Starlink broadband will envelop Earth and transform the sky

Locating local internet providers

SpaceX aims to improve internet speeds with satellite service Starlink. It's sending thousands of small satellites into orbit, which form constellations of flying routers that beam connectivity back to Earth.

Earlier Thursday, SpaceX sent another 60 flying routers into space to deploy a wider Starlink service, with more slated to blast off Friday.

Locating local internet providers

The FCC in December awarded SpaceX almost $885.5 million as part of a program to help bring high-speed internet to rural areas in the US. Phase one of the FCC's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction assigned SpaceX with 642,925 locations to serve across 35 states.