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March 17, 2023, 2:07 PM

Musk, Rivals Edge Closer to Satellite Phones After FCC Nod (2)

Todd Shields
Todd Shields
Bloomberg News

US regulators gave preliminary approval to rules for offering phone calls via direct links to satellites, a potential $30 billion market that’s attracted Elon Musk’s SpaceX and competitors including AT&T Inc. partner AST SpaceMobile Inc.

The Federal Communications Commission on a 4-0 vote Thursday tentatively approved regulations for the service, which would expand mobile-phone reception to places beyond cell coverage, offering access in remote areas. The rules won’t become final before a second vote that wasn’t immediately scheduled.

“By providing clear rules, I believe we can kick-start more innovation in the space economy, while also expanding wireless coverage in ...