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Effective Date of Rules Adopted in Part 25

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Released: September 3, 2014


Federal Communications Commission

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Washington, D.C. 20554

DA 14-1270

September 3, 2014

International Bureau Announces the Effective Date of Rules Adopted in the

Part 25 Order

IB Docket No. 12-267

On August 9, 2013, the Commission released a Report and Order (Part 25 Order) that amends

many of the rules governing the licensing and operation of earth stations and space stations for the

provision of satellite communication services.1

Certain of the rule revisions adopted in the Part 25 Order

required approval by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act


On August 15, 2014, OMB approved the information collection.3

On September 3, 2014, notice

of OMB’s approval was published in the Federal Register. 4

In the Part 25 Order, the Commission

provided that all rule changes would become effective on the same date. Accordingly, the rules adopted

in the Part 25 Order take effect on September 3, 2014.5

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 or call the

Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).

1 Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite Services, Report and Order, IB Docket No.

12-267, FCC 13-111, 25 FCC Rcd 12403 (2013) (Part 25 Order).

2 The information collection requirements contained in the rules that require OMB approval are subject to the

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law No. 104-13. The information collection requirements were

submitted to OMB for review under 44 U.S.C. § 3507(d).

3 Notice of Office of Management and Budget Action, dated August 15, 2014 (OMB Control Number 3060-0678).

4 Federal Communications Commission, Part 25 of the Commission’s Rules Governing the Licensing of, and

Spectrum Usage by, Satellite Network Earth Stations and Space Stations, 79 FR 52224 (Sept. 3, 2014). See also,

Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission, 79 FR 18686 (April 3, 2014).

Information Collection Being Submitted for Review and Approval to the Office of Management and Budget, 79 FR

37317-01 (July 1, 2014).

5 Earlier in 2014, as an interim measure, the International Bureau announced a policy of granting waiver of certain

information requirements that would be eliminated upon the effective date of the rules adopted in the Part 25 Order.

International Bureau Adopts Policy of Granting Interim Waiver of Certain Requirement for Space Station

Applications, Public Notice, Report SPB-255, DA 14-90, 29 FCC Rcd. 664 (2014). Waiver requests pursuant to the

interim policy are no longer required effective September 3, 2014.


For further information regarding this proceeding, contact William Bell,,

202-418-0741, or Cindy Spiers,, 202-418-1593, Satellite Division, International



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