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Intelsat North America requested a waiver of FCC allocation rules to allow it to provide domestic service in the United States using extended Ku-bands 10.95-11.2 GHz and 11.45-11.70 GHz from Intelsat 905 at 24.5 degrees WL (335.5 degrees East Longitude). Intelsat filed a similar waiver requests to use the same extend
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Intelsat North America requested a waiver of FCC allocation rules to allow it to provide domestic service in the United States using extended Ku-bands 10.95-11.2 GHz and 11.45-11.70 GHz from Intelsat 905 at 24.5 degrees WL (335.5 degrees East Longitude). Intelsat filed a similar waiver requests to use the same extended Ku-band frequencies for U.S. domestic service from Intelsat 707 at 53 degrees WL (307 degrees EL); Intelsat 701 at 180 degrees WL.(and EL); and Intelsat 605 at 186 degrees WL (174 degrees EL). Operation would be on a non-interference basis. DirecTV Enterprises filed an application to replace its DirecTV 6 satellite with the DirecTV 5 satellite at the nominal 110 degree West Longitude (WL) orbital location. After the swap, DirecTV 6 would be moved to a storage orbit. Direct 5 operated under an FCC license at 119 degrees WL from launch until September 2004. It is currently operating under a Canadian authorization at 72 degrees WL where it is being used to provide local-into-local programming to DirecTV subscribers in the United States. For details on these applications and a three million dollar performance bond submitted by Mobile Satellite Ventures Subsidiary LLC, see FCC Report SAT-00303.

SES Americom filed an application on May 27, 2005 to relocate AMC-2 from the 105 degree WL orbital location to the 85 degree WL orbital location and operate it in the C- and Ku-bands pursuant to streamlined fleet management procedures. The fleet management modifications became effective 30 days after receipt of the filing. The FCC dismissed as moot the remaining portions of SES Americom's July 2003 application related to the 105-degree location. For more information on this action and non-technical actions not reported here, see FCC Report SAT-00304.

The FCC issued an Order and Authorization (DA 05-1812) modifying SES Americom's authorization for C/Ku-band satellite Satcom SN-4 at 172 degrees EL to change its coverage area. The satellite would be repointed northward to facilitate Ku-band service over international waters. It also granted SES Americom's request for a waiver of the requirement to provide antenna gain contours in its application and, granted, with conditions, a waiver of the FCC Rules Section 25.210(j) requirement for an East/West station-keeping tolerance of 0.05 degree. SES American was given authority to deorbit Satcom SN-4 following the launch of AMC-23.

In an Order (DA -5-1904) adopted June 29, the FCC granted Intelsat North America's request to operate the Intelsat 602 satellite on C-band frequencies 3625-4198 MHz/5927-6426 MHz and Ku-band frequencies 10.952-11.200 MHz, 11.450-11.698 MHz and 14.252-14.488 MHz from the 150.5 degree EL orbital location until May 30, 2007. "Grant of this application as conditioned below will permit Intelsat to make maximum use of existing orbital resources and satisfy customer requirements," the order stated.