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Communications facilitated by equipment that orbits around the earth.

Can We Build a Global Internet from Swarms of Satellites and Tech-Company-Backed Balloons?

Location:
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

Ten years ago, the world population was 6.6 billion; 3 billion of those people lacked access to broadband internet connectivity. Fast forward a decade to 2017, and the global population has risen by 1 billion, but so has the number of disconnected people.

Modernization Month at the FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Since becoming Chairman, I have consistently emphasized the need for the Commission’s regulations to match realities of the current marketplace. Our rules must reflect today’s technological and economic conditions, not those of yesterday. And at this month’s open meeting, we will advance this objective by focusing on whether to update or scrap outdated rules. That’s why we’re dubbing September Modernization Month at the FCC.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For The September 2017 Open Commission Meeting

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the September Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Facebook uses satellite-based data to map population, determine what types of internet service to deploy

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Facebook is using data it created to map the planet’s entire human population to help it determine what types of internet service it should use to reach the unconnected or not-so-well connected.

Dish Network's Way Forward Still Not Clear

Location:
Satellite Business News Inc, 1730 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

It is not exactly a secret that Dish Network has all but given up on its DBS service, choosing instead to concentrate on Sling TV while trying to squeeze out every last penny of profit from the satellite TV business.

Transmitter Identification Requirements for Video Uplink Transmissions

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

In this Order, we provide relief to many small businesses offering satellite news and video services from the unanticipated replacement costs associated with compliance with the Digital Video Broadcasting–Carrier Identification (DVB CID) standard.

Deletion of Agenda Item From August 3, 2017 Open Meeting

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The following Agenda item has been adopted by the Commission, and deleted from the list of items scheduled for consideration at the Thursday, August 3, 2017:

We’re one step closer to getting cheaper, faster Internet from space

Location:
LightSquared, 10802 Parkridge Boulevard, Reston, VA, 20191, United States

For many, it's been a years-long pipe dream: Ultra-fast, lag-free Internet that comes to your PC or smartphone via satellite instead of a wire into your home. Facebook, Google and even SpaceX have all explored the idea, partly in hopes of selling broadband access to a growing market with enormous potential — the developing world. But now, a former Googler and friend of Elon Musk has beaten them all to the punch, becoming the first to receive permission to actually build a next-generation satellite Internet service that targets US customers.

FCC Grants OneWeb US Access for Broadband Satellite Constellation

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission approved a request by WorldVu Satellites Limited, which does business as OneWeb, to access the United States satellite market. The action paves the way for OneWeb to provide broadband services using satellite technology that holds unique promise to expand Internet access in remote and rural areas across the country.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the June Open Commission Meeting scheduled for ...

FCC Proposes to Streamline Rules for Earth Stations in Motion

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission took steps to streamline, consolidate, and harmonize rules governing earth stations used to provide satellite-based services on ships, airplanes and vehicles.

LightSquared/Ligado wants to build a wireless network for drones, trains and automobiles

Location:
LightSquared/Ligado, 10802 Parkridge Boulevard, Reston, VA, 20191, United States
Recommendation:
3

In its bid to blow up the nation’s cellular industry a half-decade ago, a company named LightSquared proposed something no wireless carrier had done before: It vowed to build America’s first retail cellphone network using airwaves traditionally reserved for orbiting satellites. After a multiyear restructuring during which LightSquared’s owner and top investor — the embattled hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone — stepped aside, the company has re-emerged.

With latency as low as 25ms, SpaceX to launch broadband satellites in 2019

Location:
SpaceX, Hawthorne, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

SpaceX said its planned constellation of 4,425 broadband satellites will launch from the Falcon 9 rocket beginning in 2019 and continue launching in phases until reaching full capacity in 2024.

Murdochs’ TV Deal in Britain Hinges on 3 Words: ‘Fit and Proper’

Location:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
2

“Fit and proper” is that so-perfectly British standard by which regulators decide whether a company should be allowed to gain and retain broadcast licenses. It’s based on the premise that those who control news, information and entertainment options on television and radio should be held to high ethical standards.

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For May 2017 Open Meeting

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the May Open Commission Meeting scheduled for ...

Justice Department Settles Civil Antitrust Claim Against AT&T and DIRECTV for Orchestrating Information Sharing Agreements with Competitors

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Department of Justice reached a settlement that will prohibit DIRECTV and its parent corporation, AT&T, from illegally sharing confidential, forward-looking information with competitors.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly Before the Satellite Industry Association Annual Dinner

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Let me suggest that the future of your companies is in your hands and in the hands of the brilliant people that work with and for you. The new Commission would like – and expects – the private sector to spend more time bringing products and services to market, serving its customers, and less time sitting on the edge of your seats awaiting word from on high, in this case the Commission.

SoftBank Orchestrates Satellite Deal to Expand Internet Reach

Location:
Intelsat, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Recommendation:
2

Japanese telecom company SoftBank Group is orchestrating a deal between US satellite startup OneWeb and debt-laden satellite operator Intelsat SA in an attempt to deliver faster and cheaper internet connections world-wide.

Fiber broadband: Is it a waste with 5G and Elon Musk's satellites on the horizon?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

When certain technologies catch up to fiber broadband's gigabit speeds in the next few years it will lull us into thinking that the telecom companies that spent a fortune on fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) only ended up with a short-term advantage of 2-3 years.

Harold Rosen, Who Ushered in the Era of Communication Satellites

Location:
Palisades, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Whether you are reading these words online or in print, there is a strong chance that Harold A. Rosen played a part in getting them to you. He was a driving force in the invention of modern communication satellite technology.

Exclusive Peek at SpaceX Data Shows Loss in 2015, Heavy Expectations for Nascent Internet Service

Location:
SpaceX, Hawthorne, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Financial reports and interviews with former SpaceX employees depict robust growth in new rocket-launch contracts and a thin bottom line that is vulnerable when things go awry. They also show the company putting steep revenue expectations on a nascent satellite-internet business it hopes will eventually dwarf the rocket division and help finance its goal of manned missions to Mars.

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Globalstar's Christmas Present

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

On December 22, the Federal Communications Commission gave a satellite operator named Globalstar a Christmas present of sorts, along with a lump of coal. The events leading up to this action present a case study that offers insights into the physical, economic, legal, and political forces that shape telecommunications policy. Globalstar’s inability to effectuate its new venture is an object lesson for incumbent and would-be “low Earth orbit” (LEO) operators.

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Globalstar's Christmas Present

On December 22, the Federal Communications Commission gave a satellite operator named Globalstar a Christmas present of sorts, along with a lump of coal. The events leading up to this action present a case study that offers insights into the physical, economic, legal, and political forces that shape telecommunications policy.

FCC Adopts Globalstar Report and Order

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Dec 22, the Federal Communications Commission adopted the following item: Terrestrial Use of the 2473-2495 MHz Band for Low-Power Mobile Broadband Networks; Amendments to Rules for the Ancillary Terrestrial Component of Mobile Satellite Service Systems, IB Docket No. 13-213, Report and Order.

Globalstar back in play as FCC considers revised proposal

Location:
Globalstar, 300 Holiday Square Blvd., Covington, LA, 70433, United States
Recommendation:
3

Things are looking up for Globalstar these days, with several former critics now supporting its revised proposal for providing Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) and the Federal Communications Commission circulating a new proposed order among commissioners.

Satellite Dishes That Power Time Warner Imperil AT&T Deal

Location:
Time Warner, 1 Time Warner Center, New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
3

Behind the Time Warner campus in Atlanta (GA), more than a dozen massive dishes silently stream CNN newscasts, Cartoon Network shows and Turner Sports games to satellites in outer space. They’re a vital link in the media giant’s global news and entertainment business. But they operate under licenses from the Federal Communications Commission, which means they also could be the biggest threat to Time Warner’s aspirations to merge with AT&T.

Seeking Ownership of Both the Information and the Superhighway

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

On the face of it, there is something Strangelovian about the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner.

AT&T/Time Warner seems headed for FCC review, whether AT&T likes it or not

Location:
Time Warner, 1 Time Warner Center, New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
3

Some news organizations have reported that Time Warner has only one Federal Communications Commission license, for a TV station in Atlanta, and that the AT&T/Time Warner merger wouldn't be reviewed by the FCC if Time Warner sells that TV station to a third party. That is not correct, however.

Rep Duncan Hunter raises concern over potential use of Russian satellites for troops’ Internet service

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

In a letter to the Pentagon Oct 21, Rep Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said he was concerned a contract to provide Internet service to deployed soldiers could allow the use of Russian satellites, jeopardizing troops’ privacy and security.

Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is announcing the “Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution” initiative, building on a growing wave of private sector interest in miniaturized spacecraft for applications ranging from communications and remote sensing to satellite inspection and repair.

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