The internet was an unimaginable jump for humanity that should never be taken for granted, but honestly it kind of sucks compared to getting the internet from space. And that day will be here soon: The Federal Communications Commission just granted SpaceX the first-ever US license to set up a low-Earth orbit broadband service.
The service will be called Starlink, which is an appropriately futuristic and austere name if you ask us. SpaceX, which was co-founded by Elon Musk, applied to operate in an unused portion of the FCC-regulated broadband spectrum, according to The Verge. The satellite constellation, as it's called, will eventually be composed of 12,000 satellites, with 4,425 more to come in the next six years. The first two were launched earlier this year and the first operational satellites will be launching next year.