Also tomorrow, the FCC will put Sirius' application to add 15 low powered repeaters on public notice. This application has been in limbo since December 07 (there will be an error in the notice). At least now it will get some attention.
Sirius' second 30 day application filed December 08 to replace its repeater previously located at the StarDust Hotel is still in limbo. The FCC expeditiously granted the first 30 day application. After complaints by the WCS Coalition, the FCC has been sitting on the second application. The Coalition continues to have influence on the FCC.
Edit February 16, 2007
It has been widely reported that Sirius was granted authority to put repeaters in Alaska and Hawaii. The FCC notice today was mis-interpreted by these sources. The application unequivocally has NOT been granted. The application is now is a comment period where the interested parties can present the merits of the application to the FCC. Authority will NOT be granted anytime soon. Careful reading of the notice clearly indicates that the application was NOT granted today. This was taken from the notice today:
Special Temporary Authority
Date Filed: 11/07/2006 20:09:02:56600
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.
On November 7, 2006, Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. ("Sirius") filed a request for special temporary authority (STA) to operate four satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) terrestrial repeaters in Alaska and in Hawaii with power levels below 2000 watts. The repeaters would operate at the locations, and with the technical characteristics, set forth in Sirius' application. Sirius states that grant of its STA request is necessary to allow it to provide high quality commercial SDARS programming in Alaska and Hawaii. Sirius also states that the terrestrial repeaters will be used to overcome the effects of satellite signal blockage and multipath interference. This application has been designated "permit-but-disclose" for the purposes of the Commission's rules governing ex parte communications. See Policy Branch Information: Actions Taken, Report SAT-00409, DA 06-2575 (released December 22, 2006).
This is similar to the public notice issued on December 22, 2006.
Ex Parte Presentation
Any communication addressing the merits or outcome of a particular proceeding made to decision-making personnel (or in some proceedings, from the decision-making personnel), which, (1) if written, is not served on the parties to the proceeding, or (2) if oral, is made without opportunity for the parties to the proceeding to be present.Permit-but-disclose
Rules requiring that summaries of such (ex parte) presentations be placed in the record. In other words, the parties are allowed to present their case to FCC without the other parties present, but they must file a summary of the presentation to the public record for all to see.
For more information, see the FCC fact sheet on Ex Parte rules.
Edit February 17, 2007
In case there are still doubters, the status below was taken directly from the FCC International Bureau website. Notice the status date and the Grant Date. Click to enlarge.
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