September 24, 2021

Amazon rips into Elon Musk amid Starlink dispute

The Amazon letter also focuses on criticizing Musk, saying the SpaceX CEO demonstrates an unwillingness to comply with rules and government authorities

Amazon rips into Elon Musk amid Starlink dispute

Amazon rips into Elon Musk amid Starlink dispute photo credit: Business Insider

Amazon ripped into Elon Musk in its latest filing in a series of tiffs with SpaceX over its plans to expand Starlink on Wednesday.

In a letter from Amazon to the Federal Communications Commission they said that, “The conduct of SpaceX and other Musk-led companies makes their view plain: rules are for other people, and those who insist upon or even simply request compliance are deserving of derision and ad hominem attacks.”

The letter follows only a week after SpaceX responded to Amazon’s protest, at the time, SpaceX said that Bezos’ lawsuits had “become a bigger bottleneck than the technology,” pointing out that Bezos-owned companies (including Amazon and Blue Origin) had filed complaints against SpaceX roughly over 16 days this year. Musk said on Twitter that suing SpaceX was Bezos’ “full-time job”.

In its most recent letter to the FCC, Amazon said that SpaceX’s letter was an “overheated response to an uncontroversial argument.” The company said the response failed to address the issue and focused primarily on attacking Amazon instead.

“It is with a sigh that Amazon responds to SpaceX’s recent attack on Amazon, which takes this familiar tack in order to distract from the actual problem,” the letter said. “The approach comes from a playbook familiar to any regulator faced with the unfortunate task of evenhandedly applying its rules to SpaceX: concede nothing, ignore rules whenever possible, and when all else fails, malign those that invoke them.”

The Amazon letter also focuses on criticizing Musk, saying the SpaceX CEO demonstrates an unwillingness to comply with rules and government authorities and pointing out reports from The Wall Street Journal on Musk’s “War on Regulators.”

Amazon’s initial letter to the FCC registered concerns regarding SpaceX’s plans to expand Starlink into Gen2 and called for the FCC to require SpaceX to submit a new proposal because its proposal offered two options for how it would expand its satellite system, instead of one.

Amazon’s latest complaint against SpaceX is one of many filed by Bezos-owned companies with Blue Origin also filing multiple protests against NASA’s decision to select SpaceX over Blue Origin for its lunar landing project.

Sources: Business Insider

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