Although tech billionaire Elon Musk has promised to continue financing satellite internet for Ukraine, the US Department of Defense is also negotiating a permanent solution with other providers. So far, Musk's space company SpaceX has not been paid anything to operate the Starlink internet service in Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesman said.
A few days after the start of the Russian war of aggression, SpaceX activated the Starlink satellite internet service in Ukraine at the end of February and delivered the necessary reception systems. The system establishes fast Internet connections via its own satellites. It serves as an important means of communication for both civilians and the Ukrainian military in areas where there is no longer any access to mobile communications and the Internet due to destroyed infrastructure.
Last week, Musk initially threatened to end Starlink's funding for Ukraine. SpaceX "cannot pay for the existing system indefinitely AND send thousands more terminals" because that is "unreasonable". At the weekend, in a U-turn, he promised further unlimited funding. According to information from the news channel CNN, SpaceX had already suggested to the Pentagon in September that it take over the financing of Starlink for Ukraine.