Brazil's Minister Of Communications Meets SpaceX Officials To Discuss How Starlink Broadband Can Benefit Rural Communities & Help Protect The Amazon Rainforest

by Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo November 15, 2021

Brazil's Minister Of Communications Meets SpaceX Officials To Discuss How Starlink Broadband Can Benefit Rural Communities & Help Protect The Amazon Rainforest

On Monday, November 15, Brazil’s Minister of Communications Fábio Faria shared he met with SpaceX officials to discuss how the Starlink broadband network can benefit rural communities and help protect the Amazon rainforest. SpaceX is building partnerships with governments and organizations all over the world to bring Starlink service to remote communities where internet is unreliable or completely unavailable.

“PHENOMENAL meeting with SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell and her team. We invite SpaceX/StarLink to come to Brazil to connect all rural schools in the country and use the technology and capabilities they have in satellites to preserve the AMAZON,” Faria shared in Portuguese. He also shared a video visiting SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, linked below. “[…] I would like to thank the president of the company, Gwynne Shotwell, and her team,” he wrote. [All quotes are translated from Portuguese to English language.]

 

By Monday afternoon, Faria shared he was on his way to meet with the company’s founder in Texas. –“We are on our way to Austin, for a meeting with Elon Musk, Inventor and CEO of SpaceX, Starlink and Tesla. We will talk about partnership with Brazil. Expanding connectivity and protecting the Amazon is an effort by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro,” he announced at 4:35 p.m. Central Time.


“Soon, Elon Musk will be in Brazil to connect rural schools and protect the Amazon using SpaceX/Starlink technology. We at Government of Brazil have no optimism and no pessimism, we make it happen!!! I believe in Brazil!!” Fario announced, alongside a photograph of him next to SpaceX founder. The company has not yet released any official details about Starlink rollout in Brazil. Fario did not elaborate on how the country plans to use the technology to aid in protecting the rainforest. 

SpaceX is working on developing the most advanced internet infrastructure comprised of over 12,000 satellites in Low Earth Orbit. The company currently operates approximately 1,844 Starlink satellites that provide internet coverage to rural regions across 20 countries. Currently, the broadband constellation provides internet to around 140,000 users. SpaceX says it will be able to serve more customers as more satellites are deployed next year. For more information visit the company’s official website: Starlink.com

Featured Image Source: @fabiofaria via Twitter








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