FCC Adopts NPRM Proposing to Supplement Mobile Coverage with Satellite Coverage


The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes a new regulatory framework to improve collaborations between satellite operators and wireless companies.  More specifically, the NPRM would allow satellite operators to obtain FCC authorization to operate space stations on certain currently licensed, flexible-use spectrum allocated to terrestrial services.  One of the prerequisites for such access would be to obtain a lease from the terrestrial licensee within a specified geographic area.

The FCC will seek comment on how this framework might best support access to emergency response systems and wireless emergency alerts when a consumer is connected via supplemental coverage from space.

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