Smartphone satellite connections would be simpler under an FCC proposal
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to boost satellite-to-phone service, which is still in its early stages. The commission is proposing rules that would make it easier for phone companies and satellite operators to provide coverage in remote and underserved areas. Satellite companies collaborating with cellular providers could be granted FCC permission to operate on some licenced, flexible wireless spectrum that is normally reserved for ground-based service.
Operators would be required to meet certain criteria. They’d have to use non-geostationary satellites and obtain leases from terrestrial spectrum owners in a specific area. After that, they may be able to provide outdoor service even in areas where cell phones are completely inoperable.