Boring but important

It doesn’t necessarily have the drama of, say, a Mike Griffin appearance on Capitol Hill (which says something right there) but to a significant (and lucrative) part of the overall space industry, it is important: international regulators decided late last week to preserve a key spectrum band for satellite services. There was a proposal going into the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva last month to allow terrestrial wireless broadband services, like WiMAX, to use a swath of the C-band spectrum reserved for satellite services, something the industry said would create interference that would make satellite use of the spectrum untenable in much of the world. But thanks to a “well-organized lobbying campaign that included support from governments, international organizations, non-profits, and technology companies”, regulators decided to preserve that C-band spectrum for satellite services.

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