Effective Date for FCC Technical Rules for DBS and BSS Satellite Services

On August 8, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission published in the Federal Register a summary of a Third Report and Order from April 2017. The FCC intends the rules  to mitigate ground-path interference between the Digital Broadcasting Satellite Service and the Broadcasting Satellite Service in the 17.3–17.8 GHz band.  For the FCC, this allows it to create an effective date for its new rules.  The FCC adopts:

new rules to mitigate interference from DBS feeder-link earth stations to BSS consumer earth terminals (ground path interference) in the 17.3–17.8 GHz band.  We adopt a rule allowing currently-licensed DBS feeder link earth stations to continue operations under the terms of their current licenses, and to expand their facilities provided that new antennas are constructed within one kilometer of current antennas and the aggregate power-flux density of the station at any point does not increase.  We adopt a methodology for new DBS feeder-link earth stations, and require applicants for new DBS feeder-link earth stations to coordinate with BSS licensees to achieve agreement on interference mitigation. We adopt rules specifying the information applicants for new DBS feeder-link earth stations must provide for the purposes of coordination.

The full report and order is available here.

Effective Date:  September 7, 2017

 

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