New DBSD Satellite Service G.P., and Terrestar Licensee Inc.
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
Washington, D.C. 20554
September 15, 2011
NEW DBSD SATELLITE SERVICE G.P., Debtor-in-Possession, and TERRESTAR
LICENSEE INC., Debtor-in-Possession, REQUEST FOR RULE WAIVERS AND
MODIFIED ANCILLARY TERRESTRIAL COMPONENT AUTHORITY
IB Docket No. 11-149
PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED
Petitions to Deny Due: October 17, 2011
Oppositions Due: October 27, 2011
Replies Due: November 3, 2011
INTRODUCTIONOn August 22, 2011, New DBSD Satellite Services G.P., Debtor-in-Possession (New
DBSD DIP), and TerreStar Licensee Inc., Debtor-in-Possession (TSL DIP), filed applications
seeking rule waivers and license modification in connection with the ancillary terrestrial
component (ATC) authorized in their respective licenses.1
Both New DBSD DIP and TSL DIP request modification of their ATC authorizations to
allow provision of services to users equipped with single-mode, terrestrial-only terminals. In
connection with that request, both seek a waiver of the provision in Section 25.149(b)(4) of the
Commission's rules that requires ATC operators to provide ATC as a component of an integrated
service offering including Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS). Both applicants argue that
consumers should be provided a choice as to whether to purchase dual-mode terminals, and note
the unnecessary expense to consumers desiring only terrestrially-provided service. Both
applicants also request waiver of Section 25.149(b)(2)(ii), which requires ATC operators to
maintain a spare MSS satellite on the ground. Both rely on the availability of back-up service
from the other's in-orbit satellite.
1 New DBSD DIP's request is assigned International Bureau Filing System (IBFS) File No. SES-MOD-20110822-
00985, associated with call sign E070272. TSL DIP's request is assigned IBFS File No. SES-MOD-20110822-
00983, associated with call sign E060430.
In addition, TSL DIP requests waivers of the following Commission rule technical
Sections 25.252(a)(1)-(3) (base station Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP)
Section 25.252(a)(5) (limits on base station power flux density (pfd) in the vicinity of
Section 25.252(a)(8) (base station antenna gain limits and overhead suppression
Section 25.252(b)(2) (limits on mobile terminal out of channel emissions at the edge of
each licensee's assignment);5
Section 25.252(c)(2) (mobile terminal required signal attenuation for bands adjacent to
2000-2020 MHz); and,6
Section 25.252(c)(4) (method for measuring mobile terminal out-of band emissions).7
New DBSD DIP also seeks clarification of the method for measuring base station
emissions in Section 25.252(a)(1) of the Commission's rules.8
RELATED MATTERSConcurrently with the filing of New DBSD DIP and TSL DIP's license modification
applications, both applicants sought approval of proposed transfers of control of their licenses to
DISH Network Corporation. Those requests are the subject of a separate docket file, established
by a Public Notice issued concurrently with the issuance of this Public Notice.
TSL DIP's request for waiver of ATC technical rules includes a number of requests that
are identical to waiver requests first made in an application filed July 27, 2010.9 For
administrative reasons, we are dismissing that application by separate but concurrent action, and
will consider and address the substance of those requests in this Docket.
2 47 C.F.R. 25.252(a)(1)-(3).
3 47 C.F.R. 25.252(a)(5).
4 47 C.F.R. 25.252(a)(8).
5 47 C.F.R. 25.252(b)(2).
6 47 C.F.R. 25.252(c)(2).
7 47 C.F.R. 25.252(c)(4).
8 47 C.F.R. 25.252(a)(1).
9 IBFS File No. SES-MOD-20100727-00963.
EX PARTE STATUS OF THIS PROCEEDINGThis proceeding shall be treated as a "permit-but-disclose" proceeding in accordance with
the Commission's ex parte rules.10 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of
any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period
applies). Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing
the presentation must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at
which the ex parte presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments
made during the presentation. If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation
of data or arguments already reflected in the presenter's written comments, memoranda or other
filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or
her prior comments, memoranda, or other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph
numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them in the
memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission staff during ex parte meetings are
deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In
proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method
of electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte
presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing
system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml,
.ppt, searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the
Commission's ex parte rules.
GENERAL INFORMATIONThis Application has been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for filing. The
Commission reserves the right to return any application if, upon further examination, it is
determined to be defective or not in conformance with the Commission's rules or policies. Final
action on this Application will not be taken earlier than thirty-one (31) days following the date of
this Public Notice.11
Interested parties must file petitions to deny or comments no later than
October 17, 2011.
Responses or oppositions to comments and petitions must be filed no later than
November 3, 2011. All filings
concerning matters referenced in this Public Notice should refer to
DA 11-1555, IB Docket No.
which the filings pertain.
Under the Commission's procedures for the submission of filings and other documents,12
submissions in this matter may be filed electronically (i.e., though ECFS) or by hand delivery to
the Commission's Massachusetts Avenue location.
10 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq.
11 See 47 U.S.C. 309(b).
12 See Implementation of Interim Electronic Filing Procedures for Certain Commission Filings, Order, 16 FCC Rcd
21483 (2001); see also FCC Announces a New Filing Location for Paper Documents and a New Fax Number for
Electronic Filers:13 Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing
the ECFS: https://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/. In completing the transmittal screen, filers
should include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable
docket number. Parties also may submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To
get filing instructions, filers should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the
following words in the body of the message, "get form." A sample form and directions
will be sent in response.
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or
by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience
delays in receiving U.S. Postal Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the
Commission's Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
The Commission's contractor will receive hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper
filings for the Commission's Secretary at 236 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Suite 110,
Washington, D.C. 20002. The filing hours at this location 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 should be addressed to 445 12th
Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554.
One copy of each pleading must be delivered electronically, by e-mail or facsimile, or if
delivered as paper copy, by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by
first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (according to the procedures set forth above for
paper filings), to the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., at
email@example.com or (202) 488-5563 (facsimile).
Additionally, filers may deliver courtesy copies by email or facsimile to the following
General Correspondence, Public Notice, DA 01-2919, 16 FCC Rcd 22165 (2001); Reminder: Filing Locations for
Paper Documents and Instructions for Mailing Electronic Media, Public Notice, DA 03-2730, 18 FCC Rcd 16705
13 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).
(1) William Bell, Satellite Division, International Bureau, at William.Bell@fcc.gov or (202)
(2) Sankar Persaud, Satellite Division, International Bureau, at Sankar.Persaud@fcc.gov or
(202) 418-0748 (facsimile);
(3) Jeremy Marcus, Broadband Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, at
Jeremy.Marcus@fcc.gov or (202) 418-1567 (facsimile); and,
(4) Ronald Repasi, Office of the Chief Engineer, Office of Engineering and Technology, at
Ronald.Repasi@fcc.gov or (202) 418-1944 (facsimile).
Copies of the Applications and any subsequently-filed documents in this matter may be
obtained from Best Copy and Printing, Inc., in person at 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402,
Washington, D.C. 20554, via telephone at (202) 488-5300, via facsimile at (202) 488-5563, or
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Applications and any associated documents are also
available for public inspection and copying during normal reference room hours at the following
Commission office: FCC Reference Information Center, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-
A257, Washington, D.C. 20554. The Applications also are available electronically through the
Commission's ECFS, which may be accessed on the Commission's Internet website at
People with Disabilities: To request this Public Notice in accessible formats (computer
diskette, large print, audio recording, and Braille) send an email to email@example.com or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
For further information, contact Sankar Persaud, Satellite Division, International Bureau,
Note: We are currently transitioning our documents into web compatible formats for easier reading. We have done our best to supply this content to you in a presentable form, but there may be some formatting issues while we improve the technology. The original version of the document is available as a PDF, Word Document, or as plain text.