The Government grants SpaceX approval for its Starlink service in Canada (Updated)

SpaceX Starlink in Canada. Credit: SpaceQ/SpaceX.

Earlier this afternoon Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) announced on Twitter that it had approved SpaceX’s Starlink service in Canada.

The tweet said “@SpaceX is joining the effort to help get Canadians connected to high-speed Internet! Regulatory approval for the @SpaceXStarlink low Earth orbit satellite constellation has been granted!”

And with that SpaceX is will win the race of companies battling to provide high-speed internet from a constellation of satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

Also of note, the ISED list of foreign satellites approved to provide fixed-satellite services (FSS) in Canada has been updated to include Starlink.

Starlink is now listed on the List of foreign satellites approved to provide fixed-satellite services (FSS) in Canada
Starlink is now listed on the List of foreign satellites approved to provide fixed-satellite services (FSS) in Canada. Credit: ISED/SpaceQ.

The decision, announced on Twitter, comes a little sooner than Elon Musk had expected and will make his legions of followers in Canada happy.

Clearly, the government heard the demand from consumers to get this service approved.

More details to come as this story develops.

About Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive Inc. Boucher has 20 years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 28 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

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