DoT begins scrutiny of Elon Musk's Starlink internet offer to India

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has started examining whether Elon Musk-led SpaceX’s offer to pre-sell its Starlink satellite internet service in India flouts any of the country’s existing telecom and technology laws

The department is trying to assess if the Starlink beta service offer violates any provisions of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933, India’s satcom policy, 2000, and the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000, a senior DoT official told ET.

The DoT's move comes after the Broadband India Forum (BIF), representing the likes of Bharti Airtel-UK government co-owned satellite venture OneWeb, Amazon, Hughes, Google, Microsoft and Facebook, recently asked the government to stop SpaceX from pre-selling the beta version of its Starlink satellite internet services in India on the grounds that the Elon Musk-led US satellite operator did not have a suitable licence or authorisation.

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