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Brazil, SpaceX to partner to bring wifi to rural communities

Robert Besser
24 Nov 2021, 13:32 GMT+10

BRASLIA, Brazil: Communications Minister Fabio Faria has tweeted that Brazil aims to partner with SpaceX to monitor and protect the Amazon and expand internet connections to rural schools through the company's Starlink project.

Faria's tweets include a video and photo of himself with Elon Musk, SpaceX founder and CEO, during their meeting in Texas.

In the video, Musk said, while shaking hands with Faria, "We are looking forward to providing connectivity to the least served people in Brazil, especially to schools and hospitals in rural areas."

"With better connectivity we can help ensure the preservation of the Amazon and monitor the Amazon to make sure there is no illegal logging activity and deforestation," he added.

According to the website of the Starlink project, which offers broadband internet through a satellite network, it is "ideally suited for areas where connectivity has been unreliable or completely unavailable."

In a statement, Faria said, "We want to join the technology they have developed with the Communications Ministry's own Wi-Fi Brazil program. Our aim is to take the internet to rural areas and remote places, as well as helping to control fires and illegal deforestation in the Amazon forest."

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