Amazon.com Inc told US regulators on Wednesday that the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX does not believe government regulations apply to him.
Musk has been caught up in a rift between companies’ spar over rival satellite-based internet plans and in the most recent of all cases, Musk has been accused of violating government imposed rules including a number of FAA obligations.
Amazon had accused Musk on the same in a filing sent to Federal Communications Commission. “Whether it is launching satellites with unlicensed antennas, launching rockets without approval, building an unapproved launch tower, or re-opening a factory in violation of a shelter-in-place order, 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,” – Amazon.
It further continued to read- “If the FCC regulated hypocrisy, SpaceX would be keeping the commission very busy.” Amazon clearly calls the repetitive actions of Musk led ventures escaping government settled regulations as an “anticompetitive” nature and made remarks on how Musk has always worked beyond the said rules, accrediting himself a sort of special status on his own.
Amazon’s Project Kuiper, a $10 billion network of over 3,000 satellites aimed at providing high-speed internet from space, is involved in a stiff competition against SpaceX’s Starlink network.
Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin has challenged the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s decision to award SpaceX a $2.9 billion lunar lander contract.
Amazon asked the FCC on August 25 to reject a proposed SpaceX revision to its satellite configuration plans. It went on to make claims on violation of several FCC rules being carried out by Musk stating that it had left “nearly every major detail unsettled.”
In its own filing with the FCC last week, SpaceX accused Amazon of attempting to delay SpaceX’s plan, saying it was “only the latest in its continuing efforts to slow down competition.”
“While SpaceX has proceeded to deploy over 1,700 satellites, Amazon has yet to even attempt to address the radio-frequency interference and orbital debris issues that must be resolved before Amazon can deploy its constellation” – SpaceX.
SpaceX fired shots at Amazon with further accusative remarks saying: “as it falls behind competitors, it is more than willing to use regulatory and legal processes to create obstacles designed to delay those competitors from leaving Amazon even further behind.”