Thursday, August 17, 2006

FCC Considers DBS Rules

The FCC is seeking comment on licensing procedures and service rules for satellites providing Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) service. Specifically, the FCC is seeking input on proposals that will apply to any application for authority to provide DBS service in the U.S. using the 12.2-12.7 GHz band and associated feeder links in the 17.3-17.8 GHz band. This includes both unassigned channels at orbit locations assigned to the U.S. under the ITU Region 2 BSS and feeder-link Plans, and applications for DBS service from space stations located at orbital locations not assigned to the United States in the ITU Region 2 BSS and feeder-link Plans.

The FCC is considering new licensing procedures, including the use of the first-come, first-served process for all DBS applications, regardless of the proposed orbit location. Alternatively, DBS could continue to be licensed outside the scope of the FCC's first-come, first-served satellite application processing procedures.

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