Swarm Technologies Inc has been ordered to pay a $900,000 fine by the FCC for "unauthorized deployment and operation of satellites, unauthorized operation of earth ground stations, and other unauthorized operation and testing of radio frequency equipment." The FCC had denied Swarm Technologies' application to launch the experimental satellites a month before, but CEO Sara Spangelo allowed the company's Spacebees satellites launch to proceed without authorization. Swarm Technologies admitted to the launch when the FCC discovered it and more infractions such as unauthorized weather balloon-to-ground station tests, unauthorized tests of its satellite and ground station equipment. Swarm has admitted guilt, entered into a 5-year compliance plan, and will pay a $900,000 fine. Since July, the FCC has allowed Swarm Technologies to operate the Spacebees until February 2019. Swarm Technologies has unfurled its plan to provide affordable global communications for Internet of Things (IOT) devices. The FCC has even allowed the startup to launch three more satellites to provide global internet access on December 3, 2018. The company looks forward to deploying a global constellation in 2019. When I asked Spangelo why she didn't stop the launch when the FCC denied Swarm's application, she said, "Others have been granted applications after launching their satellites, so we were still hopeful at that point." The FCC declined to comment on whether the agency has approved applications by companies after they carry out a launch.