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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks to modify coordination rules

The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking modifying the frequency coordination rules to promote sharing of non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) and geostationary satellite orbit (GSO) fixed-satellite service (FSS) operations and various terrestrial services operating in several frequency bands.

With this action, the Commission has chosen to consider a joint proposal from SkyBridge and the Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition to supplement coordination procedures to promote sharing between non-geostationary satellite fixed satellite service space-to-Earth operations and existing fixed service operations in the 10.17 to 11.7 GHz band.

The Commission also is proposing to amend frequency coordination rules used when NCSO fixed satellite services and GSO fixed satellite service operations share spectrum with terrestrial operations in the Fixed Service (FS), Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) and Cable Television Relay Service bands.

The rulemaking proposes to:

  • “Apply the principles of the Skybridge/FWCC Growth Zone proposal to Commission coordination rules for NGSO FSS downlink operations sharing with FS operations in the 10 GHz band;

  • “Apply the existing Parts 25 and 101 coordination rules for coordination of new FSS (both NGSO and GSO) earth stations with mobile BAS/CARS operations in the 6875-7075 MHz (7 GHz) and 12750-13250 MHz (13 GHz) bands, and consider whether any additions or modifications to the rules are needed to address the operating characteristics of mobile services;

  • “Allow either the Parts 74 and 78 informal ad hoc coordination rules or the Part 101 coordination rules to be used for the coordination of mobile BAS/CARS operations with FSS (both NGSO and GSO) earth stations, in the 7 GHz and 13 GHz bands, and consider whether any additions or modifications of those rules are needed;

  • “Apply the existing Parts 25 and 101 coordination rules for sharing between new NGSO FSS earth stations and fixed BAS/CARS operations in the 7 GHz and 13 GHz bands.”

Comments regarding the rulemaking are due 30 days from publication in the Federal Register and reply comments are due 45 days from publication in the Federal Register.

For more information, please visit: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-318A1.doc.

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