FCC facilitates use of satellite earth stations in motion

Via FCC Headlines

Sep 28, 2018

  • Full Title: Amendment of Parts 2 and 25 of the Commission's Rules to Facilitate the Use of Earth Stations in Motion Communicating with Geostationary Orbit Space Stations in Frequency Bands Allocated to the Fixed Satellite Service
  • Document Type(s): R&O/NPRM
  • Bureau(s): International

  • DA/FCC #: FCC-18-138

  • Docket/RM: 17-95

News Release


WASHINGTON, September 26, 2018—The Federal Communications Commission today streamlined, consolidated, and harmonized the rules governing earth stations used to provide satellite-based services on ships, airplanes and vehicles. These actions simplify the regulatory approval process for this rapidly growing segment of the satellite communications market.

Currently, the regulation of these earth stations that communicate with geostationary satellite orbit (GSO) satellites operating in the fixed-satellite service (FSS), and are collectively known as “ESIMs,” varies depending on the type of vehicle they are attached to and are covered in various rule provisions. This Report and Order integrates the three types of earth stations in motion into a single regulatory category, reducing the burden on applicants leading to a more efficient licensing process. The decision also gives increased flexibility to ESIMs to operate in the “conventional Ka- frequency band,” facilitating the delivery of satellite-based high-speed services.

The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on expanding the frequencies available to ESIMs communicating with GSO FSS satellite networks to allow additional flexibility to satellite operators.

Action by the Commission September 26, 2018 by Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 18-138). Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly, Carr, and Rosenworcel approving and issuing separate statements.

IB Docket No. 17-95


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