Elon Musk reaffirms free Starlink support in Ukraine

After backlash surrounding the possible withdrawal of free Starlink internet service in Ukraine, Elon Musk has reaffirmed that it will stay free for now.

Image via SpaceX

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine carries on, one of the more alarming stories to come out in previous weeks was that free Starlink service being supplied to Ukraine may be cut off. Elon Musk’s SpaceX company was allegedly having issues continuing to foot the bill for the service and claimed continual supply of free service and equipment to Ukraine was unsustainable. However, following backlash over the possible discontinuation of free service, Musk has reaffirmed that Starlink will continue to support Ukraine with free service for now.

Elon Musk shared his reaffirmation on the matter of free Starlink service in Ukraine via his personal Twitter. SpaceX was met with backlash this last week when reports came out that the company warned it may stop free Starlink service in Ukraine unless it had assistance with the costs. Apparently, SpaceX sent an email to the Pentagon to ask the US military for assistance on the matter. That said, when it came out that free Starlink service in Ukraine could end soon, SpaceX caught flak from various corners of social media. This prompted Elon Musk to reverse the company’s decision on the matter.

Elon Musk's tweet reversing his decision on the removal of free Starlink service in Ukraine.
According to Elon Musk, SpaceX will continue to offer free Starlink service in Ukraine for the time being.
Source: Twitter

Initially, Musk shared concerns that as a start-up communications service, he was concerned about SpaceX bankrupting itself on the charitable contributions of Starlink equipment and service in Ukraine. Ultimately, Musk’s goal is for Starlink to “not go bankrupt” as many companies offering similar service have in the past. Nonetheless, Musk seems to have reversed his stance under pressure on social media.

The hell with it,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “Even though Starlink is still losing money and other companies are getting billions of taxpayer dollars, we’ll just keep funding the Ukraine government for free.”

It seems contentious to say the least and it wouldn’t be unlike Musk to reverse his decision on the fly. However, for the time being, it looks like SpaceX isn’t cutting off free Starlink service anytime soon. Stay tuned as we continue to follow this story for further updates.

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    October 17, 2022 10:00 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Elon Musk reaffirms free Starlink support in Ukraine

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      October 17, 2022 10:03 AM

      Dude would probably save a couple of bucks if he re-hired his PR departments.

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        October 17, 2022 10:06 AM

        yeah that is mind bogglingly stupid and arrogant/ignorant of him to continue his narcissistic "I am the best at everything" framework.

        like, people would EAGERLY fix up the communication tone/topics for him.

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        October 17, 2022 12:02 PM

        I wouldn't be surprised at all if he actually had solid PR people the entire time, and just paid them to be ignored.

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        October 17, 2022 2:58 PM

        who is more capable at PR than the smartest man alive though??

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        October 17, 2022 3:20 PM

        Now everyone knows how "gracious" and "caring" he is.

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          October 17, 2022 3:21 PM

          create a problem, then be the solution to that problem. it's the egomanic's main playbook

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      October 17, 2022 2:41 PM


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        October 17, 2022 2:57 PM

        Eh, I don't have any issue with that message whatsoever.

        “Putin plays the egos of big men, gives them a sense that they can play a role. But in reality, they’re just direct transmitters of messages from Vladimir Putin,” Hill says.

        We've seen him do that repeatedly. Musk may have been talking to some agent rather than Putin directly, but his word choice - fucking Khrushchev's Mistake?! - didn't come from someone from the west.

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      October 17, 2022 2:54 PM

      According to the SpaceX figures shared with the Pentagon, about 85% of the 20,000 terminals in Ukraine were paid – or partially paid – for by countries like the US and Poland or other entities. Those entities also paid for about 30% of the internet connectivity, which SpaceX says costs $4,500 each month per unit for the most advanced service. (Over the weekend, Musk tweeted there are around 25,000 terminals in Ukraine.)


      'free' service from SpaceX

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      October 17, 2022 5:06 PM

      Starlink has been a good tool for WOIP (War Over IP)

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        October 17, 2022 5:09 PM

        Gives wardriving a new meaning.

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      October 18, 2022 4:05 AM

      World’s biggest attention whore playing hokey cokey again. More on News at Ten.

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