Elon Musk decided to file an FCC request to expand SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet to various vehicles such as planes, trucks, RVs, and ships. However, he said that his internet service wouldn't be available on any Tesla electric car. But why? 

SpaceX Starlink Internet Won't be Available on Teslas? Musk's FCC Request Expands Connection to Trucks, RVs
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying the SAOCOM 1A and ITASAT 1 satellites, as seen during a long exposure on October 7, 2018 near Santa Barbara, California. After launching the satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket successfully returned to land on solid ground near the launch site rather than at sea. The satellites will become part of a six-satellite constellation that will work in tandem with an Italian constellation known as COSMO-SkyMed.

According to Business Insider's latest report, the tech CEO's latest request, filed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday, Mar. 5, is specifically to provide Starlink internet connections to various moving vehicles. 

As of the moment, SpaceX's 1,122 low-Earth satellites are providing the latest Starlink broadband to rural and underserved communities. Elon Musk's innovation is really helpful, especially since most people are relying on the internet to contact their loved ones and be informed about the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

Why Tesla EVs will not have Starlink internet

CNBC reported that Elon Musk confirmed the reason why Teslas will not have its own Starlink internet service.

SpaceX Starlink Internet Won't be Available on Teslas? Musk's FCC Request Expands Connection to Trucks, RVs
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The popular tech CEO replied to the latest tweet of Michael Sheetz, a CNBC reporter, to explain why Tesla vehicles can't have it.

"The company submitted an FCC request to begin installing and operating terminals on 'moving vehicles' - from cars and trucks to ships and jets," said Sheetz.

"Not connecting Tesla cars to Starlink, as our terminal is much too big. This is for aircraft, ships, large trucks & RVs," replied Elon Musk via his official Twitter account.

Musk's tweet generated more than 22,000 likes, 1,000 retweets, and 900 comments. Some of his fans were glad that Starlink internet would extend its service, especially those who are working on boats.

How will it help the public? 

David Goldman, SpaceX's director of satellite policy, explained to the FCC that the expansion of Starlink internet would serve the public interest since it will allow operators and normal passengers to access Starlink internet service while traveling. 

Previously, FCC also allowed SpaceX to test Starlink internet on ships, which were used to recover the satellites that landed in the ocean. This means that Musk's request could also be approved anytime from now. You can click here for more details. 

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