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Jessica Rosenworcel

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

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 plans revamped Space Bureau

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has unveiled a plan to reorganise the agency better to support the needs of the growing satellite industry, promote long-term technical capacity at the FCC, and navigate 21st global communications policy. Under this plan, Chairwoman Rosenworcel will work to reorganise the FCC’s International Bureau into a new Space Bureau […]

November 3, 2022By Colin Mann

Doreen Bogdan-Martin elected ITU Secretary-General

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Member States of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have elected Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States of America as the organisation’s next Secretary-General. Bogdan-Martin will be the first woman to lead ITU, which was established in 1865 and became a United Nations specialised agency in 1947. The election took place during ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-22) […]

September 29, 2022By Colin Mann

Rosenworcel designated FCC Chair

US President Joe Biden has designated Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to serve as the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission. She is the first woman to be named to this position in the agency’s almost 100-year history. She was named Acting Chair in January 2021 shortly after Biden’s inauguration. “I am deeply humbled to […]

October 27, 2021By Colin Mann

Viasat questions FCC Starlink subsidy

California-based satellite broadband supplier Viasat has filed an objection to the FCC’s granting of $885 million to SpaceX and its Starlink satellite service. The FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) awarded the sum to SpaceX’s Starlink satellite service in December 2021. The award was part of a massive $9.2 billion granted to successful applicants, and […]

June 3, 2021By Chris Forrester

FCC proposes freeing up more 5G spectrum

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has shared with her colleagues a draft Order that would make much-needed mid-band spectrum available for 5G. If adopted at the Commission’s March 17th Open Meeting, 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum in the 3.45-3.55 GHz band would be made available for auction and 5G deployment across the contiguous US. The […]

February 24, 2021By Colin Mann

FCC chair advises industry to “think big”

Acting FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel, in making her debut speech to staff, has called for the communications industry to “think big, and act”. She argues that the future belongs to those connected. She, and most of the FCC’s staff are working from home because of the pandemic, and said that she appreciated how challenging this […]

February 1, 2021By Chris Forrester

US 5G auction moves to next stage

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has welcomed the release of final guidance on the upcoming assignment phase of the US’s 5G auction of C-band spectrum which has already generated gross proceeds exceeding $80.9 billion. The FCC, in a Public Notice, has detailed the assignment phase of Auction 107, in which bidders that won generic spectrum […]

January 27, 2021By Colin Mann