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Released: August 21, 2014

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

August 21, 2014

DA 14-1218

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

Sign S2925)

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

International Bureau


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