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PanAmSat was granted authorization to launch and operate PAS-4R, a replacement satellite, on C and Ku bands at 169 degrees East Longitude (EL). EchoStar was authorized to launch and operate a Ka-band satellite at 97 degrees West Longitude (WL) for direct to home and fixed satellite services. For more details on these grants, including authorized frequencies, see FCC Policy Branch Information Report SAT-00200.

SES Americom filed a request for an extension of its Special Temporary Authority (STA) to continue operating the AMC-9 satellite at 85 degrees WL through September 9, 2004 and to continue offering direct-to-home service through AMC-9. See FCC Policy Branch Information Report SAT-00199.