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FCC Adopts Rules for BAS, Satellite Service Coordination in 7 and 13 GHz Bands

In case you hadn't noticed, the 6875 – 7075 MHz and 12,750 – 13250 GHz broadcast auxiliary service (BAS) bands are now shared with geostationary and non-geostationary fixed satellite service operations.

On Jan. 20, the FCC released a Report and Order (FCC 10-15) [PDF] establishing rules for coordination between these satellite services and Fixed, Broadcast Auxiliary and Cable Television Relay Services operating in the 7, 10 and 13 GHz bands.

“Our decision herein supports prior Commission actions intended to allow new satellite services in frequency bands used by various fixed and mobile operations and addresses issues raised in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Notice”) in this proceeding.” the commission said. “This action will permit satellite and terrestrial services operating in these bands to continue to coordinate their spectrum use in an efficient manner. “

The new rules allow an expedited process for mobile/temporary fixed operations, stating that assignments may be completed orally and the period allowed for response to a coordination notification may be less than 30 days if the parties agree. The FCC rejected suggestions from the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) for additional protection for BAS/CARS operations such as 'preclusion' or 'keep away' areas, stating “the overall record generated in this proceeding offers no compelling reason for deviating from a 'notice and response' coordination approach.”

The R&O contains details on other concerns raised by SBE and fixed microwave operators.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.