Tuesday, February 8, 2005

FCC Proposes Flexible Ku-band for Airborne Satellite Services

The FCC proposed a regulatory framework for licensing the operation of Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Service (AMSS) systems to communicate with fixed-satellite service (FSS) networks in the Ku-band frequencies. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addresses two-way broadband data and communications capabilities onboard aircraft.

Specifically, the Notice:

  • examines frequency allocation issues in the Ku-band where AMSS systems will operate and seeks comments on procedures to protect space research service and radio astronomy service sites from AMSS operations in the band;

  • proposes rules and procedures to license AMSS networks that would permit blanket licensing of an AMSS network similar to the licensing rules for very small aperture terminals (VSATs) that currently operate in the Ku-band;

  • seeks comment on the establishment of a regulatory framework that could enable foreign-licensed AES terminals to operate in United States airspace without causing harmful interference to domestic operations.



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