Space is increasingly recognised by nation states as integral to the function of society. If we lose contact with satellites we lose not just earth observation spy satellites but, as we move towards internet of things and e.g. autonomous vehicles, broadband from the skies, increasing reliance on accurate GNSS (Global Navigational Systems), financial transactions, disaster / weather monitoring etc. So you are seeing a recognition, with this evolution in societal reliance onspace assets, of their strategic importance to a functioning society.
(China did this also back in 2007). The strategy of large geostationary orbit spy satellites each costing hundreds of millions of dollars (which are hardened against missile attack) is being abandoned for constellations of satellites in low and medium earth orbit - seen as more robust (there's some redundancy) and harder to attack. This is also reflection of evolution of capability of small satellites (miniaturisation of electronics), and the lower latency afforded by proximity to earth.
Elon Musk's SpaceX, meanwhile, is throwing up constellations of THOUSANDS of low earth orbit satellites, Starlink has filed for 42,000 satellites. These are notionally for consumer broadband, although the low latency offered is really valuable to the high speed transactions financial community, and that could be enough to make this a commercial success. It's absolutely messing up the night skies for astronomers and there are more and more to come - https://www.businessinsider.com/spacex-darkened-starlink-internet-satellites-astronomy-explainer-2020-1?r=US&IR=T