The FCC Proposes a More Efficient Satellite System

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Federal Communications Commission is streamlining its rules for operating and licensing satellites.
     The changes will remove unnecessary filing requirements for applicants requesting space and earth station licenses, saving them time and money, the FCC said.
     In an attempt to save time and cut down on paperwork, the FCC also proposed changes that would remove unnecessary technical restrictions so applicants for satellite licenses would not have to submit as many waiver requests.
     Among other things, the rule would consolidate annual reporting requirements into a general rule with a uniform due date for the reports.
     The FCC believes its proposed revisions will facilitate more rapid deployment of satellite services to the public, greater investment, and new innovations.
     The FCC is accepting comments on the proposed rule until Dec. 24.
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