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Satellite Update

A review of the FCC's latest actions affecting the satellite industry.
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The FCC has granted EchoStar Operating Corporation's application to construct, launch and operate a DBS satellite EchoStar 11 at 110.0 degrees west longitude (WL) with feeder links (Earth-to-space) in the 17.3-17.8 GHz and service links (space-to-Earth) in the 12.2-12.7 GHz band on DBS channels 1-26, 27, 29 and 31.

XM Radio received special temporary authority (STA) to operate two terrestrial repeaters at power levels at or below 2 kW EIRP for a period of 180 days, starting Jan. 11, 2008. The two repeaters will be located in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pa., operating at average effective isotropic radiated powers (EIRP) of 1,100 watts and 2,000 watts, respectively. It was also granted STA to operate one indoor terrestrial repeater in Vienna, Va. with an EIRP of up to 0.5 watts (average) for 60 days effective Jan. 11, 2008.

The FCC granted Sirius Satellite Radio's request for STA to operate an indoor terrestrial repeater with an EIRP of 200 watts and up to five very low power terrestrial repeaters with an EIRP of 0.0001 watts for various trade shows in Louisville, Ky. and New York, N.Y., from March 13-30, 2008.

Information on these actions is from FCC Report SAT-00495