FCC May Consider Policy Statement as Next Step on Receiver Standards

Communications Daily

Communications Daily – August 8, 2022 FCC May Consider Policy Statement as Next Step on Receiver Standards With many commenters opposing receiver rules from the FCC, and supporting voluntary, industry-led standards (see 2207280050), the agency hasn’t necessarily reached a dead end on the issue, industry experts said. One potential next step would be a policy…

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How many satellites are too many?

Politico

Politico – July 1, 2022 How many satellites are too many? Broadband internet satellites are set to sweep the skies over the next decade at a scale never before seen. Just don’t ask policymakers today how exactly we’re going to manage the fallout. The story is a familiar one to longtime watchers of technology. Making…

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Arctic connectivity competition is heating up

Space News

Space News – May 13, 2022 Arctic connectivity competition is heating up Satellite operators are venturing into the Arctic to improve connectivity as the changing atmospheric and geopolitical climate drives demand for more bandwidth in one of Earth’s last remaining frontiers. Fledgling and established operators alike see a growing market for capacity in areas best…

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The New Space Race

Global Finance

Global Finance – April 4, 2022 The New Space Race Private companies take a growing role, as innovations and data needs expand the sector. On March 31, Blue Origin took five paying customers into outer space, just past the boundary of earth’s atmosphere. The 10-minute trip (price undisclosed) was the company’s fourth space tour; Blue…

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Smaller carriers in limbo because of $3.7B Huawei rip and replace shortfall

Fierce Wireless

Fierce Wireless – August 2, 2022 Smaller carriers in limbo because of $3.7B Huawei rip and replace shortfall The FCC program to reimburse U.S. service providers for removing and replacing existing Huawei and ZTE gear is facing a $3.7 billion funding shortfall, and absent additional Congressional support near-term, the program’s goal could be in jeopardy…

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U.S. government urged to address supply risks in the space sector

Space News

Space News – March 22, 2022 U.S. government urged to address supply risks in the space sector Access to supplies becoming more critical as “space is increasingly a strategic asset” WASHINGTON — The U.S. military traditionally relies on a core group of defense contractors to ensure it has access to critical supplies and equipment at…

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E-Space’s Rwandan Roots Seen Evading Regulation

Communications Daily

Communications Daily – March 2, 2022 E-Space’s Rwandan Roots Seen Evading Regulation Low earth orbit satellite startup E-Space’s plan to launch as many as 100,000 satellites (see 2202080004) licensed by Rwanda is seen by critics as an effort to skirt the heavier regulatory or spectrum burdens of more-traditional space regulatory regimes. Some see such moves…

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Would SES/Intelsat merger make sense?

Advanced Television

Advanced Television – January 19, 2022 Would SES/Intelsat merger make sense? The FT reports that as Intelsat emerges from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reconstruction the satellite operator will lose its CEO Steve Spengler (who will leave with a pay-out of at least $4 million) but could also find itself open to a takeover. SES is…

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Connecting the Dots | Addressing the V-band disconnect

Space News

Space News – January 3, 2022 Connecting the Dots | Addressing the V-band disconnect As the next wave of non-geostationary satellite constellations seeks U.S. Federal Communications Commission permission to operate in V-band, antenna makers are racing to make business cases viable in this Extremely High Frequency (EHF) area of radio spectrum. A variety of companies,…

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Viasat buys Britain’s Inmarsat in $7.3 bln satellite play

Reuters

Reuters – November 8, 2021 Viasat buys Britain’s Inmarsat in $7.3 bln satellite play Viasat (VSAT.O) agreed to buy British rival Inmarsat on Monday in a $7.3 billion deal to broaden the U.S. based company’s satellite and land-based communications services. The takeover of London-based Inmarsat comes just two years after it was taken private in…

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In race to provide internet from space, companies ask FCC for about 38,000 new broadband satellites

CNBC

CNBC – November 5, 2021 In race to provide internet from space, companies ask FCC for about 38,000 new broadband satellites A flurry of space companies filed requests with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday for new or expanded broadband networks, asking the regulator for approval of nearly 38,000 total satellites. Amazon, Astra, Boeing, Inmarsat,…

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Fight Not Over After T-Mobile CDMA Shutdown Delay

Communications Daily

Communications Daily – October 26, 2021 Fight Not Over After T-Mobile CDMA Shutdown Delay A three-month delay in T-Mobile’s CDMA shutdown isn’t long enough, and T-Mobile should delay until 2023, a Dish Network official said Monday. Experts said the delay until March 31 likely won’t be enough to mollify other critics or California regulators. Dish…

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What’s the Deal?

Radio+Television Business Report

Radio+Television Business Report – Fall, 2021 What’s the Deal? Has COVID-19, and now the delta variant, crippled broadcast transaction values forever? It’s a tough question. For some, station valuations for radio were sliding before the coronavirus cratered the marketplace. For others, there’s green on the horizon for both radio and TV broadcasters. Link to Full…

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Space SPACs could prompt new wave of acquisitions

Space News

Space News – September 9, 2021 Space SPACs could prompt new wave of acquisitions NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The current wave of space startups going public through mergers with special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) might lead to a round of industry consolidation as they snap up suppliers to obtain their technologies or personnel. Speaking at a…

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Verizon Settles With Most Opponents of Proposed Tracfone Buy

Communications Daily

Communications Daily – August 13, 2021 Verizon Settles With Most Opponents of Proposed Tracfone Buy Verizon’s proposed buy of Tracfone got a major boost Thursday with Public Knowledge, Communications Workers of America and other groups dropping their opposition (see 2108110018). That means most of the groups now say their concerns have been addressed. Verizon filed…

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FCC C-band auction raised nearly $81 billion so far

Space News

Space News – July 15, 2021 FCC C-band auction raised nearly $81 billion so far SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s auction of 280 megahertz of C-band has raised nearly $81 billion and it’s not quite over. Still to come is the assignment phase, where companies awarded spectrum blocks bid for frequency-specific licenses.…

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2.5GHz auction fight pits AT&T and Dish against T-Mobile and Verizon

Light Reading

Light Reading – May 28, 2021 2.5GHz auction fight pits AT&T and Dish against T-Mobile and Verizon The 5G industry is preparing for yet another major spectrum auction. But unlike past auctions, this one will feature a clear protagonist: T-Mobile. The FCC earlier this year voted to begin the process of auctioning the 2.5GHz spectrum…

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Is there still space for export credit agencies?

Space News

Space News – March 24, 2021 Is there still space for export credit agencies? Once a critical pillar for supporting commercial space projects around the world, export credit agencies have faded from the limelight in an industry awash with financing alternatives. But as an Indonesian satellite secures ECA support and Canada’s Telesat explores the option…

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Op-ed | Orbital debris and the threat to industry investment

Space News

Space News – November 1, 2020 Op-ed | Orbital debris and the threat to industry investment Upcoming large constellations in low Earth orbit are perhaps the most visible confirmation of the rapid innovation levels in satellite manufacturing and launch technology. A mere decade ago, constellations of thousands of satellites, supported by manufacturing using three-dimensional printing…

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SSL’s Amos-8 contract in doubt as Maxar eyes a GEO exit

Space News

Space News – September 16, 2018 SSL’s Amos-8 contract in doubt as Maxar eyes a GEO exit PARIS — One of the two commercial satellite contracts Maxar’s Space Systems Loral (SSL) announced this year now appears in doubt. This setback comes as parent company Maxar Technologies contemplates exiting the geostationary communications satellite business long dominated…

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The FSS sector and the LEO-GEO stalemate

Space News

Space News – September 10, 2018 The FSS sector and the LEO-GEO stalemate Maxar’s Space Systems/Loral, the longtime market-share leader in the construction of geostationary satellites, is considering exiting the GEO business entirely. An exit by such an established industry leader would have been inconceivable until recently. Orders for traditional geostationary satellites have fallen precipitously…

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MEO startup Methera plans “high density” HTS constellation

Space News

Space News – August 3, 2018 MEO startup Methera plans “high density” HTS constellation SINGAPORE and WASHINGTON — In medium Earth orbit, the only system providing satellite broadband today is SES Networks’ constellation of 16 O3b satellites. A British startup with its own 16-satellite constellation idea wants to change that. Methera Global Communications estimates it…

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LEO and MEO broadband constellations mega source of consternation

Space News

Space News – March 13, 2018 LEO and MEO broadband constellations mega source of consternation Divining what the stars hold in store for broadband megaconstellations WASHINGTON — The world’s biggest, best established satellite operators talk of broadband as an enormously lucrative opportunity. But in truth, nothing is causing them more frustration. Demand for ever-faster broadband…

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Lack of Interdisciplinary Insight Hampers Media and Telecom Sectors

Due to the technical complexity of the media and telecom sectors most analysis is narrowly tailored. Cross-sector and multi-disciplinary analysis needed for making important decisions is often unavailable. The new Summit Ridge Group, LLC blog is designed to address this shortfall. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 7, 2012 Despite the volumes of data about the media and…

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Top Law Journals Publish Articles Detailing the Quasi-Property Rights of Television Broadcasters in their FCC Licenses and the Impact on the Spectrum Reallocation Process

Two Leading law journals recently published academic papers concerning property rights in FCC spectrum license rights written by Summit Ridge Group, LLC president and founder J. Armand Musey. The papers address the significant issue of the quasi-property rights television broadcasters hold in their spectrum licenses and how that impacts the FCC’s options for reallocating that…

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