International Bureau Information: Report to Congress Regarding the Orbit Act
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Report No. SPB-236
February 25, 2011
INTERNATIONAL BUREAU INFORMATION:
REPORT TO CONGRESS REGARDING THE ORBIT ACT
PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED
IB Docket No. 11-30
Comment Date: March 28, 2011
Reply Comment Date: April 12, 2011
Telecommunications Act ("the ORBIT Act"), 47 U.S.C. 646, requires the Commission to report
annually to the Committees on Commerce and International Relations of the House of Representatives
and the Committees on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Foreign Relations of the Senate on
the progress made to achieve the objectives and carry out the purposes and provisions of the ORBIT Act.
The purpose of the Act is to promote a fully competitive global market for satellite
communications services for the benefit of consumers and providers of satellite services and equipment
by fully privatizing INTELSAT and Inmarsat. The Commission has previously received comment on
INTELSAT's and Inmarsat's privatization in connection with other proceedings and prior to earlier
reports to Congress. The purpose of this notice is to provide an opportunity for industry and consumers to
file additional comments, particularly with respect to the impact of privatization on U.S. industry, jobs,
and industry access to the global marketplace. Comments and views will be reflected in the
Commission's report and made available in full to the House and Senate committees.
Comments should be filed on or before March 28, 2011, and reply comments on or before April
12, 2011. Comments and reply comments should be filed in IB Docket No. 11-30.
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the first
page of this document. Comments may be filed using: (1) the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing
System (ECFS), (2) the Federal Government's eRulemaking Portal, or (3) by filing paper copies. See
Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/ or the Federal eRulemaking Portal:
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each
filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding,
filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission's
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary
must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries
must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of
before entering the building.
Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority
Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th
Street, SW, Washington DC 20554.
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille,
large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
For further information, contact Marilyn Simon, Satellite Division, International Bureau, at (202)
418-2044, or Alan Thomas, Satellite Division, International Bureau, at (202) 418-2338.
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