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The International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission released a list of Ka-Band licensees that it said have satisfied construction commencement milestones.

The list named first-round Ka-Band licensees in good standing, which include CyberStar and Loral Cyberstar, Hughes Network Systems, PanAmSat and WB Holdings. In addition, the International Bureau granted Astrolink a waiver of its construction commencement milestones.

The bureau also found that Teledesic, backed by cellular phone pioneer Craig McCaw and Microsoft's Bill Gates, satisfied beginning construction milestones in its FCC authorization to operate a non-geostationary Ka-Band system.

In a footnote, the International Bureau said EchoStar recently submitted additional information to the FCC pertaining to construction of its Ka-Band satellites. The information is being reviewed, and a determination concerning EchoStar's compliance with milestones will be made shortly, the bureau said in a public notice.

In May 1997, the International Bureau licensed 13 applicants to launch and operate Ka-Band satellite systems, authorizations that were part of the first Ka-Band processing round. Later, the bureau modified first round authorizations, taking the number of first-round Ka-Band satellite systems to eight.

The International Bureau's public notice released Tuesday doesn't cover second-round Ka-Band licensees, which include Pegasus.

From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
 

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WB - is that WildBlue?

See In the Matter of KaStar Satellite Communications Corporation Application for Authority to Construct, Launch, and Operate a Ka-band Satellite System in the Fixed-Satellite Service, 13 FCC Rcd 1366 (1997) ("WB Authorization Order").

In a series of name changes and pro forma transfers of control and assignments,
Ka-Star became iSky,
which in turn, became Wildblue Communications, Inc.
Wildblue Communications, Inc. is the parent company of WB Holdings 1 LLC.


See letter from William M. Wiltshire, Counsel, WB Holdings 1 LLC, to Magalie Roman Salas, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission (November 3, 2000).

See also letter from William M. Wiltshire, Counsel, WB Holdings 1 LLC, to Magalie Roman Salas, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission (January 8, 2001). Request for Pro Forma Assignment of License of KaStar 73 Acquisition, LLC to WB l LLC (File No. SAT-ASG-20010108-00004).
 
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