FCC Releases Public Notice on Space Station Filing Freeze in 3.7-4.2 GHz Band

The International Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice announcing a temporary filing freeze effective today, June 21, 2018 on the filing of new Fixed Satellite Service (“FSS”) space station license applications and new requests for US market access through non-US-licensed space stations to FSS in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band. The freeze is designed to preserve the current landscape of authorized operations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band pending FCC action as part of its inquiry into flexible and fixed use of the band.

For the duration of the freeze, the Bureau will dismiss any new space station license applications and new requests for access to the US market through non-US licensed space stations, or parts of applications and request seeking to operate in the band. The freeze does not apply to applications for modification of existing authorizations, relocations of existing space stations under the fleet management policy, or to applications for replacement space stations. The Bureau will consider requests for waiver of this freeze on a case-by-case basis. The Notice does not indicate the specific duration of the temporary freeze.

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