NTIA Outlines Rules Waiver Criteria for Receive-Only Earth Stations Using Non-US Satellites
Federal Communications Commission
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500445 12th St., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Released: March 15, 2011
NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION PROVIDES
INFORMATION CONCERNING EXECUTIVE BRANCH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR
WAIVER OF PART 25 RULES CONCERNING LICENSING OF RECEIVE-ONLY EARTH
STATIONS OPERATING WITH NON-U.S. RADIONAVIGATION SATELLITESThe Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) rules require licensing of non-Federal receive-
only equipment operating with foreign satellite systems, including receive-only earth stations operating with
non-U.S. licensed radionavigation-satellite service (RNSS) satellites.1
By letter of March 2, 2011, to the Chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration, on behalf of the Executive Branch, outlined
the criteria it will apply in considering whether to recommend waiver of the FCC rules. A copy of the NTIA
letter is attached. The letter contemplates that NTIA will submit any recommendation for waiver to the
FCC, and that the FCC would then review the request for compatibility with non-Federal U.S.-licensed
Any such recommendation will be assigned an "SES-MSC" file number in the International Bureau
Filing System (IBFS). A public notice providing an opportunity for comment will also be issued prior to
action on the request. A general description of public notice procedures for IBFS files is available at
Section 25.151 of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R. 25.151.
The FCC will also continue to accept requests filed through previously established licensing and
For further information, contact Karl Kensinger, Satellite Division, International Bureau, at (202)
418-0773; or Ronald Repasi, Office of Engineering and Technology, (202) 418-2470.
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1See 47 CFR 25.131(j)(1), 25.137.
2 See, e.g., IBFS File No. SES-MSC-20100415-00483.
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