“The Alliance for Satellite Broadband is pleased with the decision at this year’s World Radio Conference to officially invite studies of epfd limits and report the results to the next WRC in 2027. This is a win for innovation, enabling ITU members to evaluate the epfd limits in light of modern satellite systems and spectrum management techniques. International regulators have taken a vital step toward revisiting these outdated rules by committing to these studies.”
The Economic Benefits of Updating Regulations That Unnecessarily Limit Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit Systems: Part II
In a new paper, Former FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth that updating epfd limits, and therefore allowing for more NGSO constellations and expanded satellite broadband, would result in between $10 billion and $100 billion in economic benefits to customers. In this update to his previous paper, Furchtgott-Roth argues that regulations should be updated as technology evolves and debunks claims that updating epfd limits would hurt businesses and consumers.
AEI Blog: Global Spectrum Harmonization: Unleashing the Potential of LEO Satellites for Worldwide Connectivity
This op-ed, authored by Nonresident Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute Shane Tews, discusses the role of WRC-23 in shaping future spectrum policy, including epfd limits. This year’s WRC will be hugely consequential for the booming satellite industry, and modernizing epfd limits will dictate the sector’s future. This op-ed argues that satellite internet needs modernized regulations in order to continue to grow.
Amazon’s Project Kuiper and SpaceX jointly filed at the FCC in early November asking for the Commission’s continued support on the epfd future agenda item at WRC-23.
Check out the press release introducing the Alliance for Satellite Broadband.
This one pager explains how NGSO FSS satellite systems are key to closing the digital divide and connecting some of the 2.7 billion people who still remain totally offline. Learn more about the socio-economic and technical arguments for modernizing epfd and unlocking the full potential of satellite broadband.