FCC modernises rules to facilitate satellite broadband

Wednesday 27 September 2017 | 09:17 CET | News

The Federal Communications Commission adopted an updated regulatory framework to facilitate the delivery of broadband services through satellite constellations. FCC believes this action paves the way for greater broadband offerings in the US, particularly in remote and rural areas. The Commission said it updated, clarified and streamlined the current rules governing non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) fixed-satellite service (FSS) systems to better reflect current technology and promote additional operational flexibility.

Specifically, the report and order amends the Table of Frequency Allocations to better accommodate NGSO and geostationary satellite operations in the Ka-band (20/30 GHz); streamlines the NGSO milestone rules for deployment and eliminates the international geographic cover requirements to provide greater flexibility to NGSO FSS operators, as well as adopts a new threshold to characterise circumstances where a default mechanism will govern spectrum sharing between operators.

A Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was also adopted that invites comment on whether to provide satellite operators additional flexibility by allowing new system designs that target particular areas.

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