FCC to OK Kepler, LeoSat constellations, expand SpaceX, Telesat LEO licenses, allow U.S. use of EU Galileo

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in November will approve operating licenses for satellite communications constellation startups Kepler Communications and LeoSat, expand the frequency allotments for SpaceX’s Starlink and Telesat Canada’s LEO constellations, and to broaden the use of mobile platforms with non geostationary satellite systems, the FCC’s chairman said.

In a statement summarizing the FCC’s November agenda, Chairman Ajit Pai also said the commission is determined to reduce paperwork for traditional GEO-orbit fixed satellite services networks and direct-to-home satellites with streamlined licensing regimes . . .

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