Elon Musk to provide Florida with Starlink satellites in response to Hurricane Ian

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Hurricane Ian aftermath in Florida

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk agreed to provide the company’s satellite internet service, Starlink, for help in response to Hurricane Ian in areas of Southwest Florida still without connectivity.

“We are working with Elon Musk and Starlink satellite. They are positioning those Starlink satellites to provide good coverage in Southwest Florida and other affected areas,” DeSantis told reporters on Saturday. “We are expecting 120 additional large Starlink units to deploy to Southwest Florida.”

(The story has been refiled to restore Musk’s surname in first paragraph.)

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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