FCC Press Release 9 Dec - FCC Spectrum Assignment Boosts 2 GHz MSS Operators' Ability to Provide Public Safety Services

12/09/05

FCC Press Release 9 Dec - FCC Spectrum Assignment Boosts 2 GHz MSS Operators' Ability to Provide Public Safety Services

FCC Press Release 9 Dec - FCC Spectrum Assignment Boosts 2 GHz MSS Operators' Ability to Provide Public Safety Services

Washington, DC - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today adopted an Order that modified the spectrum reservations of TMI Communications and Company Limited Partnership (TMI) and ICO Satellite Services (ICO) such that they are each assigned a total of 20 megahertz in the 2 GHz MSS bands (10 MHz in the uplink band and 10 MHz in the downlink band).

The additional bandwidth will allow the two remaining 2 GHz MSS satellite operators to provide more robust services to public safety officials and first responders, as well as offer broadband satellite services to rural America.

In a separate, but related Order, the International Bureau dismissed Inmarsat Global Limited's (Inmarsat) Petition for Declaratory Ruling seeking to reserve spectrum in the 2GHz MSS band for a geostationary satellite to be located at the 113° W.L. orbital location.

IB Docket Nos. 05-220 and 05-221

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December 9, 2005