This would be a really cool slot to get, with 48 transponders!
Here's one of the more interesting documents:
It's interesting that, according to that document, the only other ITU applications for the slot are from the UK, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. I mean, WTF seriously? Those countries aren't anywhere close to 97W longitude.
Have you had the time to pull and research the document mentioned in Footnote 1 to see how/why this Ka slot came open? I'm curious is Directv will use any of its currently-licensed BSS slots as bargaining fodder to smooth this application. It seems to me that additional Ka bandwidth would better fit Directv's existing systems and plans than BSS systems, but I could be wrong.
EDITED TO ADD: Okay, the footnote refers to Echostar's surrendered license for that location.
Edited by LameLefty, 11 August 2011 - 06:42 PM.