FCC 25.158 Revised as of October 1, 2014
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§ 25.158 Consideration of GSO-like satellite applications.
(a) This section specifies the Commission's procedures for considering
license applications for "GSO-like satellite systems." For purposes of
this section, the term "GSO-like satellite system" is defined as a GSO
satellite designed to communicate with earth stations with directional
antennas. Examples of GSO-like satellite systems are those which use
earth stations with antennas with directivity towards the satellites,
such as FSS, and MSS feeder links which use GSO satellites. GSO-like
satellite systems are satellite systems that are not NGSO-like
satellite systems within the meaning of § 25.157(a).
(b) Applications for GSO-like satellite system licenses will be placed
in a queue and considered in the order that they are filed, pursuant to
the following procedure:
(1) The application will be reviewed to determine whether it is
acceptable for filing within the meaning of § 25.112. If not, the
application will be returned to the applicant.
(2) If the application is acceptable for filing, the application will
be placed on public notice pursuant to § 25.151, and interested parties
will be given an opportunity to file pleadings pursuant to § 25.154.
(3) The application will be granted only if it meets each of the
(i) After review of the application and any pleadings filed in response
to that application, the Commission finds that the application meets
the standards of § 25.156(a); and
(ii) The proposed satellite will not cause harmful interference to any
previously licensed operations.
(c) An applicant for a GSO-like satellite system license is not allowed
to transfer, assign, or otherwise permit any other entity to assume its
place in any queue.
(d) In the event that two or more GSO-like satellite system license
applications are mutually exclusive within the meaning of § 25.155(c),
the Commission will consider those applications pursuant to the
(1) Each application will be reviewed to determine whether it is
acceptable for filing within the meaning of § 25.112. Any application
not found acceptable for filing will be returned to the applicant.
(2) All applications that are acceptable for filing will be placed on
public notice pursuant to § 25.151, and interested parties will be
given an opportunity to file pleadings pursuant to § 25.154.
(3) Each application will be granted if it meets the criteria of
paragraph (b)(3) of this section, and otherwise will be denied.
(4) In the event that two or more applications are granted pursuant to
paragraph (d)(3) of this section, the available bandwidth at the
orbital location or locations in question will be divided equally among
(5) Licensees whose licenses are granted pursuant to paragraph (d)(4)
of this section will be allowed to select the particular band segment
it wishes to use no earlier than 60 days before they plan to launch the
first satellite in its system, and no later than 30 days before that
date, by submitting a letter to the Secretary of the Commission. The
licensee shall serve copies of this letter to the other participants in
the processing round pursuant to § 1.47 of this chapter.
(6) Licensees whose licenses are granted pursuant to paragraph (d)(4)
of this section shall request contiguous bandwidth in both the uplink
and downlink band. Each licensee's bandwidth selection shall not
preclude other licensees from selecting contiguous bandwidth.
(7) If two or more licensees whose licenses are granted pursuant to
paragraph (d)(4) of this section request the same band segment, all
licensees other than the first one to request that particular band
segment will be required to make another selection.
(e) Services offered pursuant to a GSO-like license in a frequency band
granted before the Commission has adopted frequency-band-specific
service rules for that band will be subject to the default service
rules in § 25.217.
[ 68 FR 51506 , Aug. 27, 2003]
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