Facebook plans to launch a broadband satellite early next year, according to Wired, who had access to documents registered with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The report also points out that the social network would have recorded these files on the project in the agency through a subsidiary called PointView Tech LLC revealed initially in May’s IEEE Spectrum report.
In a statement sent to Wired, Facebook confirmed ownership of the satellite in question, called Athena, but denied having specific projects at the time.
“While we do not have anything to share about specific projects at this time, we believe that satellite technology will be an important enabler of the next generation of broadband infrastructure, making it possible to bring broadband connectivity to rural regions where connectivity is absent or non-existent “A company spokesman told the site.
It is worth noting that Facebook is not the first company to bet on broadband satellites to bring the Internet to more people in the world. In February, the space company Space X, of Elon Musk, put into orbit two satellites of the type.