Unfortunately what I see happening, is an evil company such as AT&T buying Viasat down the road. Remember Space Odyssey 2001? It was AT&T that made it possible for a man on the moon to talk to his daughter on earth.
The main payload for the launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California will be the Spanish government's Paz satellite, designed to capture imagery of the Earth down to the single-meter scale. But there had been unconfirmed reports for several weeks now from space industry sources like NASASpaceFlight.com that a secondary passenger on the flight would be the Starlink demonstration setup.
SpaceX itself has been relatively mum about the debut of its Starlink satellites, and about the entire program itself. However, a letter from SpaceX to the Federal Communications Commission, posted to the FCC website Monday, makes it pretty clear what will be aboard the Falcon 9 when it launches.
The letter refers to two satellites, called Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, that will be launched as a secondary payload on the Paz mission. The FCC granted SpaceX a license in November to launch this pair of satellites as part of a test mission. In its application, the company describes the test objectives:
"In addition to proving out the development of the satellite bus and related subsystems, the test program for the Microsat-2a and -2b spacecraft will also validate the design of a phased array broadband antenna communications platform."
Putting that all together: SpaceX is testing internet broadband satellites that will be launched along with the Paz satellite.
"This new technology doesn’t rely on large cells that stretch for miles and use the towers we’ve grown accustomed to. Rather, it uses microcells, which involve lots and lots of smaller antennae and other devices strewn about neighborhoods.
A typical microcell would be served by a small box, or in some cases multiple boxes, hung on existing telephone poles, street lights or buildings. Often, these small boxes would be accompanied by a much larger power box on the ground. These boxes would be situated roughly every 500 feet.The idea that companies such as AT&T and Verizon would install boxes every 500 feet has gotten the attention of local governments. They represent homeowners and business owners with very strong views about the appearance of their properties."