DIRECTV Enterprises, LLC Dismissal
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
August 21, 2014
Mr. William M. Wiltshire
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
1200 Eighteenth Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Re: DIRECTV Enterprises, LLC, Application for Authority to Launch and Operate
DIRECTV 15 at 102.75º W.L., IBFS File No. SAT-LOA-20140604-00055 (Call
Dear Mr. Wiltshire:
On June 4, 2004, DIRECTV Enterprises, LLC (DIRECTV) filed the above-captioned application
for authority to launch and operate the Ka-band payload on the DIRECTV 15 satellite (Call Sign S2925).
The application also requested authority to launch, but not operate, the 12/17 GHz Direct Broadcast
Satellite payload hosted on DIRECTV 15 as well. For reasons discussed below, we dismiss the
application as defective, without prejudice to re-filing.1
Section 25.112 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 25.112, requires the Commission to
return, as unacceptable for filing, any space station application that is not substantially complete, contains
internal inconsistencies, or does not substantially comply with the Commission’s rules. DIRECTV’s
application does not provide complete technical information about the proposed space station in the
attached Schedule S form, as required by Section 25.114(b) of the Commission’s rules.2 Specifically,
DIRECTV’s Schedule S is incomplete for the following reasons:
The data that populates Tables S10 (Transponders) and S13 (Typical Emissions) is
Isotropic Antenna Gain information in items S7 (c) and (d) (Antenna Beam
Characteristics) is missing.
In addition, although not grounds for dismissal, we note that DIRECTV incorrectly indicated
“Space” rather than “Earth” in Item S6 (b) (Service Area Characteristics), and in section 5.1 of
1 If DIRECTV re-files an application in which the deficiencies identified in this letter have been corrected, but is
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. § 25.114 (b) (“A comprehensive proposal shall be submitted for each proposed space station on the FCC
Form 312, Main Form and Schedule S.”). A Schedule S form is required for any space station application because it
organizes existing data requirements into a standard format that can be captured in our licensing database, which
makes it easier to ensure that applicants comply with our technical requirements. Amendment of the Commission’s
Space Station Licensing Rules and Policies, Third Report and Order and Second Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 18
FCC Rcd 15306, 13492, ¶ 11 (2003).
Federal Communications Commission DA 14-1218
DIRECTV’s application and on the stand-alone page titled “Requested Frequencies” DIRECTV
incorrectly states that it will use the “29.25-25.29 GHz” frequency band as opposed to, we believe, the
“29.25-29.5 GHz” frequency band.
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 of DIRECTV Enterprises, LLC without prejudice to re-filing.
Jose P. Albuquerque
Chief, Satellite Division
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