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Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite Services, Report
and Order, IB Docket No. 12-267 (August 9, 2013)
Satellite services provide vital communications links to the most remote parts of this
country. They connect our troops around the world. They are an important backstop for public
safety communications when our terrestrial networks fail.
That is why I am pleased to support today's Report and Order, which cleans up and
updates more than 150 provisions in Part 25 of our rules governing satellite services. These
changes eliminate outdated requirements and restrictions. They increase transparency. But
above all, they simplify our satellite operating policies. That should mean more speed with
applications before this agency, swifter deployment of new services to the public, and greater
opportunities for innovation and investment in the satellite industry. That is something I am
pleased to support.
Thank you to the International Bureau and great universe of Commission experts who
worked on today's decision.

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