The tycoon Elon Musk met this Friday with the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro to analyze the “economic potential” of the country and announced its plan to “monitor” the Amazon and expand the internet network that will reach the most remote points of the region thanks to your satellite network.
Musk, the richest man in the world and founder of Tesla, surprised this Friday with his visit to Brazil, where he had a meeting with the head of state in a luxury hotel in Porto Feliz, in the interior of the state of Sao Paulo, when they are missing five months for the presidential elections.
On the table, according to Bolsonaro, were issues such as “Brazil’s economic potential”, investments, innovation, connectivity and the use of technology to “reinforce protection” in the Amazon.
In that sense, Musk announced the “launch” of his Starlink satellite system in 19,000 schools without connection in rural areas, a technology that, according to what he said, will also allow the environmental “monitoring” of the Amazon.
“We need that connectivity” to protect the Amazon, Musk stressed to a select group of businessmen and students.
The Minister of Communications of Brazil, Fabio Farias, promoter of the meeting, pointed out that the low-altitude satellites could be launched in the Amazon region in “the next few months”although he did not detail the investment of the project that seeks to expand connectivity in the Amazon.
Earlier this year, the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) had authorized the operation of Starlink satellites, which allow access to the network through small antennas that are easy to install anywhere where satellites do not reach. regular internet providers.
Starlink is authorized to place 40,000 satellites in the world and there are currently 2,000 launched 500 kilometers from the earth. According to Musk’s own plans, Starlink could be accessible to the area in the first quarter of 2023.
According to the leader of the Brazilian far-right, Musk’s proposal to connect the most remote regions of the Amazon with satellite internet can help show the “reality” about the largest tropical forest on the planet.
“We count on Musk so that the Amazon is known by everyone in Brazil and the world, to show the exuberance of that region, how it is preserved and what harm those who spread lies about that region cause us,” Bolsonaro said during the statement.
Deforestation in the Amazon has reached record levels during the government of the far-right leader, as revealed by current surveillance systems, and environmental organizations attribute the increase in destruction to less control due to successive budget cuts and anti-environmental discourse of the president.
Bolsonaro is also in favor of economic exploitation in the jungle and defends a bill to legalize industrial mining on indigenous lands.
Musk, “myth of freedom”
Elon Musk’s trip to Brazil takes place almost a month after the businessman announced the purchase of the social network Twitter for 44,000 million dollars, an operation that is suspended and that received praise from Bolsonaro.
The Army Reserve captain, in power since January 2019, called Musk a “myth of freedom” and considered that his decision to buy Twitter is a “breath of hope”.
“His presence is something immaterial. Today, we could call it a myth of freedom. The example he gave us, a few days ago, when he announced the purchase of Twitter, was like a breath of hope for us,” said Bolsonaro, who widely publicized the meeting on its social networks, where the #BolsoMusk issue became the most talked about of the day.
Both Bolsonaro and his far-right followers have denounced the policies to combat fake news and hate messages on social networks, considering that it is a violation of freedom of expression.
The president aspires to his re-election in the elections next October, in which he will face former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a favorite in the polls, and for months he has cast doubts on the reliability of the electoral process in the country, despite not There are allegations of fraud.
Bolsonaro, who has emulated former US President Donald Trump in his speech, even announced that his Liberal Party will hire an audit own to accompany next October’s elections.