Low Earth Orbit Satellites

Low Earth Orbit Satellite constellations providing Internet access are on the horizon.

They could help bridge the digital divide, particularly in rural regions. But they could put Internet access into the hands of a few large companies and introduce new security and privacy concerns.

With a clear position on Low Earth Orbit Satellites (LEOs), the Internet Society can advise policymakers on legislation or regulation in this area, work with stakeholders at the local, regional, and global levels, and provide thought leadership in this rapidly evolving area.

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Can LEOs Help Close the Digital Divide? 

Today, companies like SpaceX, Amazon, OneWeb, and Telesat are racing to launch large systems of Low Earth Orbit satellites to provide Internet access. Could they help bridge the digital divide, or will they create more challenges?

Growing the Internet

By taking a deep dive into Low Earth Orbit Satellites, we can make smarter choices and help the Internet thrive by:

  • Looking at the pros and cons of LEO satellite systems for addressing the digital divide
  • Naming the factors policymakers and technologists should consider when exploring them
  • Developing and sharing our position

Get Involved 

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Read the Policy Development Process

Learn about the Internet Society’s policy development process when it comes to LEOs.

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Join Our LEO Project Community

Get the latest thinking on this technology and team up with others interested in the field.

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Read the Policy Development Process: © Urban Pixel Lebanon, Join LEO community: © Nyani Quarmyne