Friday, September 28, 2007

International Bureau Moving Expeditiously on Satellite Radio Applications

Recently, the International Bureau of the FCC has been moving expeditiously on satellite radio applications by XM and Sirius, granting authority on six applications, no less, in the last 2 weeks. In addition, two other XM applications were disposed of when made moot by the authority to operate repeaters in Miami and Nevada (XM withdrew these applications). No applications were denied during this period.

Since the FCC establish average power as the method of measurement (at least until the final repeater rules are established), the WCS Coalition has not had any grounds to protest repeaters operating at or below 2,000 Watt EiRP. The more controversial applications are still pending.

After the FM modulator fiasco, the FCC moved slowly on all applications. The FCC is now moving at a more reasonable pace, except for the more important and controversial applications. Is it because of the current visibility of satellite radio due to the merger? or perhaps the satellite radio providers are back into the good graces of the FCC? or are XM's and Sirius' arch nemeses too preoccupied with the merger to put up much of a fight? or maybe that the FCC is just tired of NAB's and the WCS Coalition's continual whining? Perhaps it is all of the above.

Applications granted in the last two weeks:

XM:

SAT-STA-20070608-00079 Authority to drift XM-2 to the 85.2WL orbital location
SAT-STA-20070628-00091 Authority to operate a substitute low power terrestrial repeater (less than 2 kW EIRP) for one hundred (180) days in Miami
SAT-STA-20070628-00093 Authority to operate a modified substitute low power terrestrial repeater (less than 2 kW EIRP) for one hundred eighty (180) days in Las Vegas, Nevada
SES-STA-20070612-00795 Authority to conduct TT&C operations in conjunction with the relocation of XM-2

Sirius:

SAT-STA-20070719-00104 Authority to operate five (5) low-power satellite digital audio radio service terrestrial repeaters
SAT-STA-20070907-00121 Authority for 30 days to operate terrestrial repeaters and signal boosters at trade shows between October 8, 2007 and November 2, 2007



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