The FCC looks to space for a world with no more dropped calls

For as robust as modern mobile networks are, dropped calls and lost signal are still very much a reality for way too many of us. Recently, chipmakers like Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Samsung have all been working towards a connectivity target that could prevent dropped calls once and for all: satellites. Now the FCC is getting involved, and the group proposed a new regulatory framework today that would allow wireless companies to use satellites to provide cell service in areas where traditional networks might not be up for the challenge.

The proposal suggests “a framework through which satellite operators collaborating with terrestrial service providers would be able to obtain FCC Authorization to operate space stations on certain currently licensed, flexible use spectrum allocated to terrestrial services.”