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§ 25.158 Consideration of applications for GSO-like satellite operation.
(a)(1) This section specifies the procedures for considering license
applications for “GSO-like” satellite operation, except as provided in
paragraph (a)(2) of this section. For purposes of this section, the
term “GSO-like satellite operation” means operation of a GSO satellite
to communicate with earth stations with directional antennas, including
operation of GSO satellites to provide MSS feeder links.
(2) The procedures prescribed in this section do not apply to an
application for authority to launch and operate a replacement space
station that meets the relevant criteria in § 25.165(e)(1) and (e)(2)
and that will be launched before the space station to be replaced is
retired from service or within a reasonable time after loss of a space
station during launch or due to premature failure in orbit.
(b) Except as provided in paragraph (a)(2) of this section, license
applications for GSO-like satellite operation, including first-step
filings pursuant to § 25.110(b)(3)(i) or (ii), will be placed in a queue
and considered in the order that they are filed, pursuant to the
(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 under § 25.112, the
application will be placed on public notice pursuant to § 25.151.
(i) For applications filed pursuant to § 25.110(b)(3)(i) or (b)(3)(ii),
the public notice will announce that the Coordination Request or
Appendix 30B filing has been submitted to the ITU. When further
information is filed pursuant to § 25.110(b)(3)(iii), it will be
reviewed to determine whether it is substantially complete within the
meaning of § 25.112. If so, a second public notice will be issued
pursuant to § 25.151 to give interested parties an opportunity to file
pleadings pursuant to § 25.154.
(ii) For any other license application for GSO-like satellite
operation, the public notice will announce that the application has
been found acceptable for filing and will give interested parties 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) A license applicant for GSO-like satellite operation must not
transfer, assign, or otherwise permit any other entity to assume its
place in any queue.
(d) In the event that two or more applications for GSO-like satellite
operation are mutually exclusive within the meaning of § 25.155(c), the
Commission will consider those applications pursuant to the following
(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, as amended at 81 FR 55334 , Aug. 18, 2016]
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