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Category 2 licensees lose bid to take away satellite transponders from Star Choice

News | 02/14/2001 5:00 am EST

The CRTC has sided with Star Choice Communications Inc in a heated dispute over satellite transponders, and in doing so, prevented three new digital TV licensees from becoming their own carriers. In Order 2001-133 released Monday, the commission said it wouldn’t allow Telesat Canada to take back four Anik F1 transponders from Star Choice, and re-assign them to Netstar Communications Inc, Chum Limited and Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. It will allow Telesat to keep only one of the four transponders, but the capacity can’t be used for any new digital services.

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