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Direct Broadcast Satellite Communications: An MPEG Enabled Service by Donald C. Mead

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Chapter Two Regulatory Framework

This chapter explains where a number of the fixed attributes of DBS come from, including uplink frequencies, downlink frequencies, polarization, and orbital positions. The rest of this book discusses what has been done to maximize the services that can be provided by DBS.

The orbital locations, spectrum, and other parameters were established by international agreement. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) then granted licenses to companies for transponders at the orbital locations granted to the United States by the international agreements.

The original licensees received the transponder licenses at no cost (other than legal fees). The most recent reallocation of these transponders was done by auction. ...

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