Satellite Update

EchoStar filed an application with the FCC requesting modification of its DBS authorization for EchoStar 10, call sign S2694, to allow operation at 110.2 degrees west longitude (WL).

The FCC issued an Order and Authorization (DA 06-757) modifying the licenses of SES Americom Inc. to authorize the telemetry, tracking and command operations necessary to relocate AMC-16 from 85 degrees WL to 118.75 degrees W.L., where it will be operated by Telesat Canada under a Canadian authorization until the Anik F3 satellite is operational at that location. The Order and Authorization also modifies authorizations held by EchoStar Satellite to permit reception of Ku-band direct-to-home fixed satellite service from AMC-16 at 118.75 degrees WL and telemetry, tracking and command feeder link communications from U.S. earth stations to AMC-16. SES Americom was granted a waiver that will allow it to retain its Ka-band authorization at 85 degrees WL. According to the Order and Authorization, "These actions will allow early commencement of Ku-band DTH FSS service to U.S. customers from an orbital location capable of providing service to the contiguous United States. Accordingly, our action here will improve the choice of service to consumers in the U.S. multichannel video programming distribution (MVPD) market."

In other satellite actions, the FCC approved the EchoStar Satellite Operating Corp. request for special temporary authority to operate EchoStar 10 at 110.2 degrees WL with feeder links (Earth-to-space) in the 17.3-17.8 GHz band on DBS channels 2-7, 9-27, 29 and 31, and service links (space-to-Earth) in the 12.2-12.7 GHz band on DBS channels 4, 12, 18, 20, 23, 25, and 26 in accord with the terms set forth in its application. The STA prohibits EchoStar 10 use of DBS downlink channels 27, 29, and 31. For additional information on this action and New Skies Satellites and SES Global transfer of control of three non-U.S. satellites, see FCC Report SAT-00352.