Regulators want satellite constellations to reimburse more administrative costs

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — International regulators, saying large, complex satellite constellations are not paying their fair share of regulatory costs, want to scrap the current cost-recovery system in favor of one that more accurately ties costs to system complexity.

Specifically, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) wants to replace the current flat-fee system with one that makes complex systems pay much more based on how much work the ITU needs to perform to register them.

The ITU is circulating various proposals for how to accomplish this and its ruling council is . . .

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