FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 11, Pages 8850 to 9847, July 30 - August 17, 2012 Page: 8,867
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Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of )
Petition for Rulemaking of Jansky-Barmat ) RM-11351
Telecommunications to Amend Parts 2 and 25 of )
the Commission's Rules to Implement Results of )
WRC-03 Pertaining to FSS Use of the 13.75-14.00 )
GHz Band )
Adopted: July 30, 2012 Released: July 30, 2012
By the Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology:
1. On February 24, 2006, Jansky-Barmat Telecommunications Inc. filed a petition for rulemaking
asking that the Commission modify Parts 2 and 25 of its rules pertaining to earth stations that operate in
the Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) in the 13.75-14.0 GHz band to allow the use of smaller antennas and a
blanket licensing regime.' We deny the petition based on the interference concerns discussed below.
2. As background, both Federal and non-Federal users share use of the 13.75-14.0 GHz band.
The band is allocated on a primary basis for Federal radiolocation use and non-Federal Fixed Satellite
Service (earth-to-space), with several additional secondary allocations - most notably, the Space Research
Service.2 The United States Navy uses this band for radiolocation systems that may operate anywhere
within the United States. In addition, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) uses
the band for the Tracking Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). TDRSS supports space missions by
relaying communications between ground stations and low earth orbiting satellites and spacecraft,
including the International Space Station, when the spacecraft are over the horizon and not capable of
direct communications with ground stations within the United States.' A footnote to the Table of
Frequency Allocations, US337, directs the FCC to coordinate earth stations in the fixed satellite service in
the 13.75-13.8 GHz band with NASA on a case-by-case basis to minimize harmful interference to
3. The Commission's rules require FSS earth stations in the 13.75-14.0 GHz band to use
antennas with diameters of at least 4.5 meters.5 An application for each FSS earth station in this band
' Petition for Rulemaking, Jansky-Barmat Telecommunications Inc., RM-11351, Feb. 24, 2006 at 10-11 (Jansky
2 47 C.F.R. 2.106.
3 See Amendment of Parts 2, 25, 90 of the Commission's Rules to Allocate the 13.75-14.0 GHz Band to the Fixed-
Satellite Service, ET Docket No. 96-20, Report and Order, 11 FCC Red 11951 at 3 (1996); Reply Comments of
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, RM-I 1351, Jan. 17, 2007.
447 C.F.R. 2.106, footnote US337.
47 C.F.R. 2.106, footnote US356.
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