The FCC approval said Amazon's plan would "provid [e] continuous coverage to customers within approximately 56°N and 56°S latitude, thereby serving the contiguous United States, Hawaii, US territories, and other world regions".
Although Amazon have yet to complete the final design for its constellation, the FCC report stipulates that the company proposes to deorbit their satellites in no more than 355 days - a shorter time frame than the 25-year standard established by NASA. Project Kuiper will be designed and tested in Amazon's all-new research and development facility opening in Redmond, Wash.
"There are still too many areas where broadband access is unreliable or in which it will not exist in any way".
"We conclude that grant of Kuiper's application would advance the public interest by authorising a system created to increase the availability of high-speed broadband service to consumers, government, and businesses", FCC Secretary Marlene Dortch said in the agency's authorisation order. "Kuiper will change that", Amazon Vice President Dave Limp said in a statement. Not coincidentally, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also owns the aerospace firm Blue Origin, whose New Glenn orbital rocket is poised for its debut launch in 2021.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai indicated earlier this month he would support approving Kuiper, saying in a July 10 tweet that he shared a proposal with FCC staff to advance the constellation's authorization.
Starlink is expected to provide services across the Northern US and Canada later this year.