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FCC trains eyes on satellite services

The FCC announced Friday that it's focusing on using satellite services to spread mobile wireless access to more Americans.

In March, the FCC unveiled a national broadband plan that set a five-year goal of making 300MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband use. To meet the goal, the agency wants to free up spectrum from five kinds of bands. Bear with the acronyms here: WCS, AWS 2/3, D-Block, broadcast TV, and mobile satellite services (MSS).

The agency's spectrum task force is already looking into WCS. Next up is MSS, from which the FCC hopes to free up 90 MHz of spectrum.

"Demand for mobile broadband is outstripping supply by a large order of magnitude," Ruth Milkman, co-chair of the agency's spectrum task force, said Friday morning.

The task force alluded to a few specific options for satellite services today, including the possibility of extending secondary market leasing rules to MSS. But the FCC said it will announce more concrete plans about MSS in July and solicit public comments at that time.

By Jia Lynn Yang  |  June 18, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
Categories:  FCC , Spectrum  
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This post would have been much more informative if you'd defined all of the acronyms, or at least the non-obvious ones (e.g., most people who would read this post already know what "FCC" means). You even acknowledge the problem when you ask the reader to "bear with" the acronyms. Undefined acronyms encourage readers to navigate to other web sites to get the information, or they just tune out and move on to something else.

Posted by: urkelism | June 20, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Great idea! I live in Vermont. Thanks to the NIMBYs, is very hard to erect a tower (unless it's for a ski lift), so DSL and FiOS aren't widely available. In some areas, satellite is the only option for high-speed internet, and overpriced HughesNet has a monopoly.

Posted by: LizBetty | June 20, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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