XM Radio requested special temporary authority (STA) to operate up to 5,000 indoor signal boosters with an EIRP of 0.0001W. The boosters would operate in XM Radio's licensed band of 2332.5-2345 MHz. The boosters would be used to "provide adequate reception of XM's satellite radio service inside of stores and other establishments where satellite radio receivers are displayed or used, but where signals may be attenuated due to blockage from walls and ceilings," according to the company. XM Radio requested the STA for 180 days or until the date when permanent rules become effective allowing terrestrial repeaters for the Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service. XM notes that this STA request is separate from its June 1, 2005 STA request to operate up to 5,000 in-store signal boosters in conjunction with Sirius Satellite Radio. For more information see FCC Report SAT-00315.
EchoStar's request to modify its existing authorization for EchoStar-121W-KuX at 121.0 degrees West Longitude (WL) to allow operation in the 18.3-18.9 GHz (space-to-Earth), 28.35-28.6 GHz (Earth-to-space), and the 29.25-29.5 GHz (Earth-to-space) frequency bands was granted, with conditions. In addition to the Ka-band frequencies, EchoStar-121W-KuX is also authorized to use the frequency bands 10.95-11.2 GHz, 11.45-11.7 GHz, and 13.75-14.0 GHz. SkyBridge L.L.C. surrendered its license to construct, launch and operate a non-geostationary orbit fixed satellite service system in the Ku-band. The FCC reported that the NGSO FSS Ku-band spectrum has been, and remains, open to applications that will be handled under a first-come, first-served process. For more information on these actions, see FCC Report SAT-00314.
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