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Potential battle shaping up between Canada and U.S. over satellite spectrum

News | 06/24/2002 4:00 am EDT

Canada and the United States could be headed for a battle over valuable, soon-to-be-released satellite spectrum, as both countries vie for the spectrum in the same satellite orbital slot. Spectrum regulatory bodies from both countries have applied for access to the broadcasting-satellite services (BSS) band (17.3-17.8 GHz) in the 91 degrees west orbital position – a position currently occupied by broadcasting satellite Nimiq, which is owned and operated by Telesat Canada. The Federal Communications Commission, itself, has filed for access to nine positions.

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