17/24 GHz Broadcasting Satellite Service

In 2006, the Commission initiated a rulemaking to consider technical and licensing rules for the 17/24 GHz Broadcasting Satellite Service. The allocation includes the 17.3-17.8 GHz (space-to-Earth) and 24.75-25.25 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands and became effective on April 1, 2007. In 2007, the Commission adopted the First Report and Order establishing technical and licensing rules. In 2011, the Commission adopted rules to mitigate space-path interference in the 17 GHz band.

Rulemakings

Reference # Description
DA 15-1147 Commission Staff Invites Any Supplemental Information or Comments on Proposed Ground Path Interference Rules for 17/24 GHz Reverse Band Broadcast-Satellite Service (BSS) Operations
Public Notice seek to refresh the record in the ground path interference mitigation in the 17.3-17.7 GHz band.
FCC 12-140 Amendment of Parts 1, 2, 15, 74, 78, 87, 90, and 97 of the Commission's Rules regarding Implementation of the Final Acts of the World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2007) (WRC-07), Other Allocation Issues, and Related Rule Updates.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing many areas including a proposal to delete a Radionavigation Service Allocation from 24.75-25.05 GHz frequency band
FCC 11-93 Establishment of Policies and Service Rules for the Broadcasting-Satellite Service at the 17.3-17.7 GHz Frequency Band and at the 17.7-17.8 GHz Frequency Band Internationally, and at the 24.75-25.25 GHz Frequency Band for Fixed Satellite Services Providing Feeder Links to the Broadcasting-Satellite Service and for the Satellite Services Operating Bi-directionally in the 17.3-17.8 GHz Frequency Band.
Second Report and Order adopted rules to mitigate space path interference between the 17/24 GHz BSS space-to-Earth transmissions and the feeder link receiving antennas DBS space stations that operate in the same frequency band.
FCC 10-188 Establishment of Policies and Service Rules for the Broadcasting-Satellite Service at the 17.3-17.7 GHz Frequency Band and at the 17.7-17.8 GHz Frequency Band Internationally, and at the 24.75-25.25 GHz Frequency Band for Fixed Satellite Services Providing Feeder Links to the Broadcasting-Satellite Service and for the Satellite Services Operating Bi-directionally in the 17.3-17.8 GHz Frequency Band.
Second Order on Reconsideration declined to adopt a request that the Commission impose additional international coordination conditions on U.S.-licensed 17/24 GHz BSS space stations.
FCC 07-174 Establishment of Policies and Service Rules for the Broadcasting-Satellite Service at the 17.3-17.7 GHz Frequency Band and at the 17.7-17.8 GHz Frequency Band Internationally, and at the 24.75-25.25 GHz Frequency Band for Fixed Satellite Services Providing Feeder Links to the Broadcasting-Satellite Service and for the Satellite Services Operating Bi-directionally in the 17.3-17.8 GHz Frequency Band.
Order on Reconsideration adopted changes to the rules regarding off-sets from Appendix F Orbital locations.
FCC 07-76 Establishment of Policies and Service Rules for the Broadcasting-Satellite Service at the 17.3-17.7 GHz Frequency Band and at the 17.7-17.8 GHz Frequency Band Internationally, and at the 24.75-25.25 GHz Frequency Band for Fixed Satellite Services Providing Feeder Links to the Broadcasting-Satellite Service and for the Satellite Services Operating Bi-directionally in the 17.3-17.8 GHz Frequency Band.
First Report and Order and Second Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The R&O adopted a first-come, first-served licensing procedure for the 17/24 GHz BSS, as well as various safeguards against speculation, reporting requirements, and licensee obligations. In addition, the R&O established rules and requirements for orbital spacing, minimum antenna diameter, and antenna performance standards. The FNPRM to addressed technical issues related to potential interference unique to the 17 GHz operating environment.
FCC 06-90 Establishment of Policies and Service Rules for the Broadcasting-Satellite Service at the 17.3-17.7 GHz Frequency Band and at the 17.7-17.8 GHz Frequency Band Internationally, and at the 24.75-25.25 GHz Frequency Band for Fixed Satellite Services Providing Feeder Links to the Broadcasting-Satellite Service and for the Satellite Services Operating Bi-directionally in the 17.3-17.8 GHz Frequency Band.
Notice of proposed rulemaking covering service and licensing rules.
FCC 00-212 Redesignation of the 17.7-19.7 GHz Frequency Band, Blanket Licensing of Satellite Earth Stations in the 17.7-20.2 GHz and 27.5-30.0 GHz Frequency Bands, and the Allocation of Additional Spectrum in the 17.3-17.8 GHz and 24.75-25.25 GHz Frequency Bands for Broadcast Satellite-Service Use.
Report and Order conforming Commission's rules to the ITU Region 2 allocation.

V-band Processing Round ("Boeing Processing Round")

On November 1, 2016, the Commission accepted for filing the application of The Boeing Company for a non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) fixed-satellite service (FSS) system and initiated a processing round for additional NGSO-like applications and petitions for market access in the frequency bands requested by Boeing: 37.5-40.0 GHz, 40.0-42.0 GHz, 47.2-50.2 GHz, AND 50.4-51.4 GHz.

This page provides a list of public notices, applications/petitions, and approvals in connection with the processing round for these frequencies.  It also includes links to pleadings filed in response to the public notices. These links have been provided by staff for convenience and may not be comprehensive.  The public should consult the International Bureau Filing System (IBFS) for the complete inventory of filings associated with any particular application or petition for market access.

Public Notices

Reference #

Description

SAT-01262

SATELLITE POLICY BRANCH INFORMATION: SPACE STATION APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING (Aug. 25, 2017) (O3b, SpaceX, Telesat Canada)

 

Comments & Petitions (September 25, 2017)

SAT-01245

SATELLITE POLICY BRANCH INFORMATION: SPACE STATION APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING (June 16, 2017) (Theia, Audacy, WorldVu, ViaSat)

 

Comments & Petitions (July 17, 2017)

Responses & Oppositions (July 27, 2017)

Replies (Aug 11, 2017)

SAT-01238

SATELLITE POLICY BRANCH INFORMATION: SPACE STATION APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING (May 19, 2017) (BoeingV-band I Amendment)

 

Comments & Petitions (June 19, 2016)

Responses & Oppositions (June 29, 2106)

DA 16-1244

SATELLITE POLICY BRANCH INFORMATION: BOEING APPLICATION ACCEPTED IN PART, IBFS FILE NO. SAT-LOA-20160622-00058; CUT-OFF ESTABLISHED FOR ADDITIONAL NGSO-LIKE SATELLITE APPLICATIONS OR PETITIONS FOR OPERATIONS IN THE 37.5-40.0 GHz, 40.0-42.0 GHz, 47.2-50.2 GHz, AND 50.4-51.4 GHz BANDS (The Boeing Company)

 

Comments & Petitions (December 1, 2016)

Responses & Oppositions (December 12, 2106)

Replies (December 19, 2016)

Applications

Reference # Description

SAT-LOA-20160622-00058
Call Sign S2966

The Boeing Company ("Boeing V-band I")

SAT-LOA-20161115-00117
Call Sign S2982

Audacy Corporation

SAT-PDR-20161115-00120
Call Sign S2985

ViaSat, Inc.

SAT-PDR-20170301-00023
Call Sign S2991

Telesat Canada

SAT-AMD-20170301-00026
Call Sign S2935

O3b Limited

SAT-LOA-20170301-00027
Call Sign S2992

Space Exploration Holdings, LLC ("SpaceX")

SAT-LOA-20170301-00028
Call Sign S2993

The Boeing Company ("Boeing V-band II")

SAT-AMD-20170301-00029
Call Sign S2986

Theia Holdings A, Inc.

SAT-AMD-20170301-00030
Call Sign S2966

The Boeing Company ("Boeing V-band I Amendment")

SAT-LOI-20170301-00031
Call Sign S2994

WorldVu Satellite Ltd ("OneWeb")

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Updated: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016