RE: Augustus and Lukes1040.
Whether one sees saber-rattling statecraft as politics or natsec tactics is a little off-topic.
The internet is a force-multiplier for good and bad.
No telling the secondary-unintended consequences that could arise.
Also the internet exists based on data server centers. Guess how much electrical power is utilized for datacenter operations?
Guess how much waste is associated with keeping all those harddrives spinning while being air conditioned to 'drive' the internet?
People concerned about Climate Change should consider this...
My point is not mere deconstruction, but just to raise the question whether this strategy will have more negatives than gains associated with the venture, especially with regards to the on-topic idea of utilizing Earth orbits and its effect on observing as well...
Interesting in a video explaining the comm-links of the constellation,
there is the comment:
"an important property is phase offset between orbital planes...if you get this wrong, the satellites collide, which would be bad...."
I don't expect for them to get it wrong, but there is the concept of tolerances, and what happens if something doesn't go well...
As to the concept of ASAT explosion bits verses Starlink, they aren't exactly two separate issues. One could actually threaten the chances of the other's impact/collision.... So it isn't a zero sum argument.....