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Starlink May ‘Face a Capacity Shortfall by 2028’ on RDOF, Say FBA, NTCA

Elon Musk’s Starlink may face a capacity shortfall by 2028 and result in more than 56% of its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund subscribers not being fully served, the Fiber Broadband Association and NTCA said Monday in a technical assessment submitted…

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to the FCC. Starlink received nearly $900 million from the auction and committed to serving 640,000 locations with satellite broadband technology. "NTCA called upon the FCC to vet bidders more thoroughly before the auction given the stakes," said NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield in a statement. "This did not happen, making it all the more important now to examine carefully each bidder's ability to perform." The company didn't comment Tuesday.