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Released: May 28, 2013
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
May 28, 2013
DA 13-1218
Mr. Junan Gibson
CNN America, Inc.
One CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303
Call Sign: E130019
File No.: SES-LIC-20130122-00074
Dear Mr. Gibson:
On January 22, 2013, CNN America, Inc. (CNN) filed the above-captioned application for a new
temporary-fixed earth station license to operate with “ALSAT” as the point of communication.
Pursuant to Section 25.112(a)(1) of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 25.112(a)(1), we dismiss the
application as defective, without prejudice to re-filing.1
Section 25.112(a) of the Commission’s rules requires the Commission to return, as unacceptable for
filing, any earth station application that is not substantially complete, contains internal
inconsistencies, or does not substantially comply with the Commission’s rules.2 For the reason set
forth below, we find the application of CNN unacceptable for filing.
In item E49 of Schedule B, CNN lists the value of 36.45 dBW/4kHz for emission 36M0G7W. Based
on that information, we calculate the power density at the input of the antenna flange as -12.55
dBW/4kHz. That value exceeds the routine licensing limit of -14.0 dBW/4kHz that is established in
Section 25.212(c) of the Commission’s rules.3 Because only earth stations that meet routine licensing
criteria may be granted ALSAT as a point of communication,4 CNN’s application is internally
inconsistent and does not substantially comply with the Commission’s rules.
In addition, although not grounds for dismissal for a temporary-fixed earth station, we request that, as
part of any re-filing, CNN provide data for items E51-E55, E57, E59, and E60 to reflect a minimum
elevation of 5 degrees pursuant to Section 25.205 (a) of the Commission’s rules.5


1
If CNN re-files an application in which the deficiencies identified in this letter have been corrected but
otherwise identical to the one dismissed, it need not pay an application fee. See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1111(d).
2
47 C.F.R. § 25.112(a).
3 47 C.F.R. § 25.212(c).
4 See, e.g. Amendment of the Commission's Regulatory Policies to Allow Non-U.S. Licensed Space Stations to
Provide Domestic and International Satellite Service in the United States, Order on Reconsideration, 15 FCC
Rcd 7207 (para. 13) (1999) (DISCO II Order) (re-iterating that routine earth stations in the C- and Ku-band –
that is, earth stations that operate consistently with the technical requirements of Part 25 of the Commission’s
rules are typically licensed to communicate with all U.S. licensed satellites operating in these bands). See also
Telesat Canada, Petition for Declaratory Ruling For Inclusion of ANIK F1 on the Permitted Space Station List,
Order, 15 FCC Rcd 24828 (para. 15) (2000); Telesat Canada, Petition for Declaratory Ruling For Inclusion of
ANIK F1 on the Permitted Space Station List, Order, 16 FCC Rcd 16365 (para.7) (2001).
5
47 C.F.R. §25.205(a).


Federal Communications Commission DA 13-1218

Accordingly, pursuant to Section 25.112(a)(1) of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 25.112(a)(1),
and Section 0.261 of the Commission’s rules on delegations of authority, 47 C.F.R. § 0.261, we
dismiss the application, without prejudice to re-filing.
Sincerely,
Paul E. Blais
Chief, Systems Analysis Branch
Satellite Division
International Bureau
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