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Can Elon Musk’s Starlink undermine the Indian government’s grip over internet access?

Internet from a constellation of satellites like Starlink gives rise to speculation around their ability to cut through local regulations.

Starlink, a satellite-internet service under Elon Musk's SpaceX, has been flagged by the Department of Telecommunications for selling internet services in India without having the relevant license. "Given the fact that Starlink is not a licensee, the public is advised not to subscribe to Starlink services being advertised," the DoT said in a press release on November 26. The DoT has written to Starlink asking the company to refrain from offering internet services in India immediately. The company recently registered its business in India. The Indian government seems to be worried that Starlink represents a threat to their control over internet access in the country. India is, after all, one of the world leaders in the frequency of internet shutdowns. Satellite-based internet services like Starlink have the potential to take matters off the government's hands. Power MediaNama's coverage of the news that is defining the future of the Internet in India. Subscribe here. DoT asked Starlink to refrain from offering internet services in India Starlink is currently accepting orders for internet services in India through its website, a fact noted in the DoT's press release which says: "For rendering satellite based services in India, requisite license(s) from Department of Telecommunications, Government of India are required.  It is hereby informed to the public at large that the said company has not obtained any license/authorization for rendering satellite based internet services that are being booked on their website. - Press Release by Department of Telecommunication On entering any India-based address, the website allows…

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