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FCC proposes cable and satellite pricing transparency requirement

US Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has introduced a proposal for new customer service protections that would require cable operators and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers to specify the ‘all-in’ price clearly and prominently for video programming service in their promotional materials and on subscribers’ bills. Specifically, cable and DBS providers would be required […]

March 23, 2023By Colin Mann

FCC proposes satellite-to-phone regulatory framework

The US Federal Communications Commission has proposed a new regulatory framework to facilitate innovative collaborations between satellite operators and wireless companies. These partnerships leverage the growth in space-based services to connect smartphone users in remote, unserved, and underserved areas. Numerous such collaborations have launched recently, and the FCC seeks to establish clear and transparent processes […]

March 17, 2023By Colin Mann

Biden FCC commissioner pick Sohn withdraws

Gigi Sohn, US President Jo Biden’s nominee to the Federal Communications Commission, has withdrawn her nomination to the post. The news was revealed by White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during a press briefing. Sohn blamed “unrelenting, dishonest and cruel attacks” on her character for her withdrawal. “We appreciate Gigi Sohn’s candidacy for this important […]

March 8, 2023By Colin Mann

Amazon’s Kuiper gets FCC approval

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally approved Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband-by-satellite low Earth orbiting system. The FCC said it os happy with Amazon’s mitigation plan in the event of potential collisions while in orbit as well as a mechanism to de-orbit failed or dead satellites. The FCC had previously approved the scheme (in 2020) […]

February 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

FCC to establish Space Bureau

Formalising its November 2022 announcement, the Federal Communications Commission has released an Order adopting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel’s plan to modernise the FCC by establishing a Space Bureau and Office of International Affairs. The planned reorganisation is designed better to support the needs of the growing satellite industry, promote long-term technical capacity at the FCC, and […]

January 10, 2023By Colin Mann

FCC modernises satellite application processing

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a proceeding to streamline its review processes for satellite applications. As the space economy booms, the agency will look further to update its rules and processes to ensure that its critical review responsibilities are met as efficiently and effectively as possible. In recent years, the Commission says […]

December 22, 2022By Colin Mann

FCC partially approves Gen2 Starlink deployment

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved SpaceX’s application to deploy up to 7,500 satellites but put other decisions on hold. SpaceX had sought approval to operate a network of 29,988 non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellites. “Specifically, we grant SpaceX authority to construct, deploy, and operate up to 7,500 satellites operating at altitudes of 525, […]

December 2, 2022By Colin Mann

FCC seeks better broadband comparison labelling

The US Federal Communications Commission has unveiled new rules that will for the first time require broadband providers to display easy-to-understand labels to allow consumers to comparison shop for broadband services. The Report and Order approved by the Commission creates rules that require broadband providers to display, at the point of sale, labels that show […]

November 18, 2022By Colin Mann

Report: Big Tech USF fees risk worse and pricier Internet

The Federal Communications Commission asked Congress earlier in 2022 for authority to make content companies such as Netflix pay into the Universal Service Fund (USF) to help subsidise Internet access for households that can’t afford it. But the economics of Internet traffic dictate that idea would backfire by raising prices for consumers and lowering the […]

November 9, 2022By Colin Mann

Aerospace industry calls for C-band 5G rollout delay

Trade body the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is leading a coalition of organisations representing the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers, airlines, pilots, and operators in calling for a delay to the deployment of 5G technologies to the C-band until the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS) is ensured. In a letter to the […]

November 11, 2021By Colin Mann