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Released: February 4, 2013


Federal Communications Commission

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Report No. SPB-247

DA 13-65

February 4, 2013




IB Docket No. 13-13

Comment Date: March 4, 2013
Reply Comment Date: March 18, 2013

Section 646 of the Open-Market Reorganization for the Betterment of International
Telecommunications Act (“the ORBIT Act”), 47 U.S.C. § 646, requires the Commission to report
annually to the Committees on Commerce and International Relations of the House of Representatives
and the Committees on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and Foreign Relations of the Senate on
the progress made to achieve the objectives and carry out the purposes and provisions of the ORBIT Act.
The purpose of the Act is to promote a fully competitive global market for satellite
communications services for the benefit of consumers and providers of satellite services and equipment
by fully privatizing INTELSAT and Inmarsat. The Commission has previously received comment on
INTELSAT’s and Inmarsat’s privatization in connection with other proceedings and previous reports to
Congress. The purpose of this notice is to provide an opportunity for industry and consumers to file
comments, particularly with respect to the impact of privatization on U.S. industry, jobs, and industry
access to the global marketplace. Comments will be reflected in the Commission’s report to Congress
and made available in full to the House and Senate committees.
Comments should be filed on or before

March 4, 2013

, and reply comments on or before


18, 2013. Comments and reply comments should be filed in

IB Docket No. 13-13

Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated on the first
page of this document. Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing
System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.
If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers
must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.

Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary
must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries
must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes 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 must be addressed to 445 12th
Street, SW, Washington DC 20554.
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).
For further information, contact Marilyn Simon, Satellite Division, International Bureau, at (202)
418-2044, or Alan Thomas, Satellite Division, International Bureau, at (202) 418-2338.

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