With this Report and Order (R&O), we [the FCC] adopt processing and service rules for the 17/24 GHz Broadcasting-Satellite Service (BSS). This service will introduce a new generation of broadband services to the public, providing a mix of local and domestic video, audio, data, video-on-demand, and multi-media services to U.S. consumers. In some cases, these services will complement existing Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) services. Specifically, we adopt a first-come, first-served licensing procedure for the 17/24 GHz BSS, as well as various safeguards, reporting requirements, and licensee obligations. We also adopt geographic service rules to require 17/24 GHz BSS licensees to provide service to Alaska and Hawaii as discussed herein. In addition, we establish rules and requirements for orbital spacing, minimum antenna diameter, and antenna performance standards. Also, we establish limits for uplink and downlink2 power levels to minimize the possibility of harmful interference. Finally, we stipulate criteria to facilitate sharing in the 24 GHz and 17 GHz bands. We also initiate a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to address technical issues related to potential interference unique to the “reverse band” operating environment. By these actions, we facilitate the introduction of new and innovative services to consumers in the United States and promote increased competition among satellite and terrestrial services.
US down frequencies: 17.3-17.7 GHz (US reserved 17.7-17.8GHz for earth based services)
ITU down frequencies: 17.3-17.8GHz
4° degree separation
First come, first served licensing (But there will be a modified review of the entirety of the applications already in place. Applicants have 45 days to adjust their applications based on the 4° and other rulings.)
- $3M bonds
- Milestones: (likely the same: design review, contract, launch, operate)
- Applications must be complete or lose slot
- No slot selling
- Maximum of 5 of pending or unbuilt satellite applications
8 year licenses for broadcast (common carrier)
GSO only uses
Licensees must provide adequate coverage for Alaska and Hawaii, though such can be provided via “system-wide” solutions rather than from each orbital slot.
For the first time the FCC adopted a rule specifying the receiving antenna size of 45cm, though gives operators the option for smaller dishes with the understanding of the interference from: adjacent satellites, sharing uplink and downlink at the same frequencies, and nearby frequency usage of earth based stations.
Channels will not be standardized for this band but the entire frequency range must be re-used via polarization and/or via spatially independent beams [spotbeams].
Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein suggests that the percentage requirement of allocating bandwidth for public interest programming be increased to the maximum allowed, seven percent.
45cm (18”) dish planned
Originally wanted 4.5° separation
Has 10 requests before the FCC: 119, 114.5, and 110; and 61.9, 67, 77.2 86.3, 124, 128.6, and 147.6
60cm (24")dish planned
Has 5 requests before FCC: 96.5, 101, 105.5; and 99 and 103.
Adelstein statement: http://hraunfoss.fcc...FCC-07-76A3.pdf