In France, Elon Musk’s Starlink project stopped by the Council of State – Nexus

Seized by the associations Priartem and Act foreenvironment, the Board ofEtat reversed the decision of theArcep to grant the Starlink company frequencies for the deployment of a network enabling it to provide access Isatellite internet.

The Starlink Project

Billionaire Elon Musk’s Starlink project aims to provide high-speed internet connection across the world through a constellation of 42,000 satellites.

In February 2021, the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications, Posts and Press Distribution (Arcep) had authorized the American company to use certain radio frequencies, thus becoming a new Internet operator. But this choice was not unanimous. The Priartem and Agir pour l’environnement associations, which specialize in environmental health, had filed an appeal before the Council of State against the company Starlink.

An attempt to force through

In a communicatedthe two associations announced the cancellation by the Council of State of ARCEP’s decision to grant Starlink frequencies for the deployment of a network open to the public enabling it to provide fixed Internet access by satellite “. Indeed, he criticizes Arcep for not having conducted public consultation ” to assess the impact on the market of the provision of high-speed Internet access likely to affect the interests of end-users “.

For Sophie Pelletier, president of Priartem, like 5G, out of bad habit, the public authorities believe that the environmental and health assessment is at best an obligatory step, at worst a procedural concession that we can do without. He is time that the public authorities stop pushing through on such subjects and finally accept the necessary public debate. »

For Maître François Lafforgue, association lawyer: “ There is nothing inevitable about operators as powerful as Starlink freeing themselves from basic rules of law. The decision of the Council of State is a wise decision, because it reminds Arcep that it is never good to take hasty decisions with significant consequences. »

A world heritage abîme?

For Stephen Kerckhove, Managing Director of Acting for the Environment, this decision is a victory. ” With several constellation projects counting tens of thousands of satellites making any observation of the starry sky impossible while turning space into a future dustbin for space debris, there is an urgent need for international regulations aimed at making the starry sky a world heritage of humanity, preserved from the appetites of Far Web actors », he said in a press release.

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