FCC’s Pai praises ‘under-appreciated’ satellite sector, wants ITU rule changes for constellations

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 12 lavished praise on the satellite industry but did not suggest an opinion on the Intelsat-SES C-band-sharing proposal with terrestrial wireless operators.

And while he said closing the digital divide was his highest priority, he told satellite-broadband providers they would have to live with what they say are biases in the Connect America Fund Phase 2 (CAF-2) reverse auction of broadband-deployment subsidies.

"We’ve made satellite broadband providers eligible for . . .

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