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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FCC AFFIRMS MVDDS AUTHORIZATION AND ADOPTS SERVICE RULES FOR THE 12.2-12.7 GHZ BAND
Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) has taken several steps to facilitate the delivery of new video and broadband communications services, such as local television programming and high-speed Internet access, in the 12.2-12.7 GHz band (12 GHz band). Specifically, the Commission affirmed its decision to authorize the Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service (MVDDS) under the existing fixed service allocation in the 12 GHz band. The decision potentially allows the entrance of new competition in the Multichannel Video Programming Distributor marketplace to the benefit of consumers.
The establishment of MVDDS reflects a carefully crafted balance in the 12 GHz band in which the Commission affords protection to the Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) service and the non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) fixed-satellite service (FSS) while allowing the entrance of MVDDS. The Commission adopted MVDDS service and technical rules that permit MVDDS operators to share the 12 GHz band with DBS and NGSO FSS operators on a co-primary basis, subject to the condition that they do not cause impermissible interference to the DBS service. Additionally, the Commission dismissed, without prejudice, all applications for terrestrial use of the 12 GHz band that have been filed to date, and it denied the corresponding waiver requests in favor of adopting service rules in this proceeding to resolve the complex technical and sharing issues in this band.
The Commission decided to adopt a geographic licensing scheme and, in the event mutually exclusive applications are filed, will assign licenses via competitive bidding. A licensing system based on Component Economic Areas (CEAs) will be used with one spectrum block of 500 megahertz available per CEA.
Specifics of Action:
The Commission's major actions in the Memorandum Opinion and Order and Second Report and Order include:
Action by the Commission April 11, 2002, by Memorandum Opinion and Order and Second Report and Order (FCC 02-116). Chairman Powell and Commissioner Abernathy with Commissioners Copps and Martin approving in part and dissenting in part with Chairman Powell and Commissioner Abernathy issuing a joint statement and Commissioners Copps and Martin issuing separate statements.
ET Docket No. 98-206
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