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FCC Streamlines Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite Services

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Released: August 9, 2013

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

August 9, 2013

Neil Grace (202) 418-0506



Washington, D.C. The Federal Communications Commission today comprehensively modernized
and streamlined its rules governing satellite communications to foster investment and innovation by
removing unnecessary regulations and easing administrative burdens.
Over the years, the Commission has updated the licensing and operating rules for space stations and
earth stations -- which transmit radio signals between the ground and satellites -- to keep pace with
industry developments. Today's action represents, however, the most wide-ranging review of FCC
rules and policies in nearly two decades.
The Commission's Report and Order eliminates unneeded technical and information filing
requirements, updates rules to better accommodate evolving technology, simplifies existing
requirements, and takes other steps, including:
Shifts from a "tell us how you built it" approach to a "tell us how you avoid interference
with your neighbors" approach
Increases the number of earth station applications eligible for routine and streamlined processing
Provides greater flexibility to earth station applicants in verifying antenna performance
Reinforces emergency contact reporting requirements while consolidating requirements for
annual reporting and removing unnecessary reporting rules
Consolidates and clarifies milestone requirements for space stations
The Report and Order also updates, improves, and consolidates definitions and technical terms
throughout the existing set of rules.
Action by the Commission August 9, 2013, by Report and Order (FCC 13-111). Acting
Chairwoman Clyburn, Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai with Acting Chairwoman Clyburn,
Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai issuing statements.
IB Docket No. 12-267
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