Iridium asks the FCC to put the satellite-MSS ATC story out of its misery

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — In a petition that will stimulate as much interest in Europe as in the United States, mobile satellite services (MSS) operator Iridium Communications is asking U.S. regulators to scrap regulations allowing MSS companies to operate ground-based networks to boost coverage and signal strength.

Called Ancillary Terrestrial Components (ATCs) in the United States and Complementary Ground Components (CGCs) in Europe, the idea has been a regulatory snake pit on both sides of the Atlantic.

Countless millions have been spent by MSS companies seeking to modify the rules . . .

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