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Vermonters have flocked to Starlink satellite internet service as it comes available in the state to gain higher internet speeds potentially years sooner than the planned broadband expansion efforts made available under the American Rescue Plan, but the SpaceX company claims that Dish network is trying to put Starlink out of business. 

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In an email to its customers in Vermont and elsewhere, Starlink points to a "lobbying campaign that threatens to make Starlink unusable for most of its American customers.  

The request for support says that DISH Network has been "hoarding spectrum for years as a strategy for preventing open and fair competition" by claiming new rights to the 12 GHz band, which is the "channel" used by Starlink customers to receive their content.    

Starlink further asserts that DISH has been paying lobbyists who have descended upon Washington D.C. since 2016 with misleading information.

The result, Starlink says, is that Starlink customers, including those in Vermont, "will experience harmful interference more than 77% of the time and a total outage of service 74% of the time.  

Starlink and SpaceX, both owned by billionaire Elon Musk, are asking subscribers and others concerned to sign a petition  to stop DISH's purported monopolistic practices.  

"The FCC and your members of Congress have the power to stop this effort, but they need to hear from you," the email concludes. 

You can read the details here of Starlink's full explanation.