The Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved Starlink’s application for a BITS license.
SpaceX had applied for a Basic International Telecommunications Services (BITS) license on May 15. The CRTC notes that it received 2,585 interventions regarding the application and granted the company a BITS license.
“The commission notes that a BITS license does not by itself authorize an entity to operate as a facility-based carrier or as a non-facility-based service provider,” stated CRTC Council Secretary Claude Doucet in a statement. letter to SpaceX CFO Bret Johnsen.
“All entities that provide services as facility-based carriers must comply at all times with the appropriate regulatory framework, including the ownership and control requirements of section 16 of the Common Carrier Ownership and Control Act and Regulations of Canada, “the letter reads.
The CRTC’s approval of a BITS license is a step forward for the company, but SpaceX still has work to do before it is fully approved for its low-ground satellite service in Canada.
Starlink aims to leverage an extensive network of hundreds of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites to provide high-speed Internet in parts of the US and Canada.
Elon Musk recently tweeted that SpaceX will hopefully be able to launch a public beta in southern Canada once the satellites reach their positions.
SpaceX is currently conducting private beta testing of Starlink and revealed that it has achieved download speeds of up to 100 Mbps.