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The Forbes article With A Successful Launch, OneWeb Just Joined SpaceX And Others In The Satellite Internet Race says:

This marks a turning point in a new generation of communications satellites, which backers say will provide high-speed internet connectivity to the billions of people who still lack access to it. OneWeb joins SpaceX as the second company in this new generation of internet satellite to actually put spacecraft into orbit.

If OneWeb asked SpaceX to launch their internet satellites which compete with SpaceX's planned internet satellites, it might be in SpaceX's interest to say "no" and force them to go with a more expensive carrier, and to avoid the optics.

Question: But since SpaceX operates in a highly regulated niche within the already highly regulated transportation industry, would they be able to simply say "no, your money's no good here" or are there regulations that would requite them to treat all potential customers in a similar way?

I'm not asking if they could find a way to torpedo the deal or shuffle the schedule to OneWeb's disadvantage, I'm asking if they can just say no.

I'm looking for fact based answers, and those can include facts of laws and factual anecdotes where this issue may have already come up.

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    $\begingroup$ Not sure what exactly are you asking about. Why do you suspect that they wouldn't be able to say no? They're just a company like any other, they are free to choose who they don't do business with. Are you asking if they can afford the lost business or negative publicity? That's IMHO impossible to answer objectively without knowing the future financial situation of SpaceX. $\endgroup$ – TooTea Feb 28 '19 at 10:16
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    $\begingroup$ It's the business world. A simple "no" to such a request is not the kind of things you say in a polite company. "Oh but of course! That will be $750mln per launch, please!" is the politically correct way of saying "no" in the business world. $\endgroup$ – SF. Feb 28 '19 at 14:23
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    $\begingroup$ @SF. We discuss com-sat stuff here all the time -- it's a stretch from exploration per se but it's never been flagged as off topic. $\endgroup$ – Russell Borogove Feb 28 '19 at 23:58
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    $\begingroup$ I'm trying to find a source, but I recall that before Ariane, USA specifically forbade europe from launching a competing telecommunication network with its rockets. Edit: found it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphonie#Launch_and_lifespan $\endgroup$ – Antzi Mar 14 '19 at 3:56
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    $\begingroup$ I'd suspect that you might run afoul of antitrust laws. You are asking what is fundamentally a law question in a space forum though, so I don't think you will get useful answers here. Maybe law.stackexchange.com is a better place for this question? $\endgroup$ – Tristan May 30 '19 at 14:17

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