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FCC Lifts Freeze on New 17/24 GHz BSS Applications

After allowing filing of applications to amend previously filed Broadcasting Satellite Service (BSS) applications in the 17/24 GHz bands, the FCC lifted the freeze on the filing of applications for new U.S. licensed space stations, or requests for market access by non-U.S licensed space stations in the 17/24 GHz BSS, effective Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 at 10:00 am. Applications are being processed on a first-come, first-served licensing approach.

The Public Notice announcing the lifting of the freeze (DA 08-1887) states, “The Commission will grant a 17/24 GHz BSS application if the applicant is legally, technically and otherwise qualified, the proposed system complies with all applicable rules, regulations and policies, the proposed system is not technically incompatible with a previously-authorized space station or with a space station proposed in a previously-filed application, and the grant will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity.”

Applications that don’t meet these criteria will be returned and the next application filed will be processed.

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.