FCC Adds Conditions To Repeater STAs

FCC Adds Conditions To Repeater STAs
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The FCC tacked on additional conditions to the special temporary authority for Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio to operate their terrestrial repeater networks. Sirius and XM must disclose the locations and technical parameters of all repeaters, including those operating at or below 2 kW Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power, to Multipoint Distribution Service and Instructional Television Fixed Service licensees if they make an interference complaint.
Sirius and XM must already disclose such information to wireless companies to resolve interference complaints. Sirius and XM must also reduce power, or, if necessary, cease operation of any repeater that causes interference to one of the licensees discussed above. The FCC will allow Sirius and XM to enter into non-disclosure agreements with the other services to protect the locations of the repeaters.
The STAs are an interim measure to allow Sirius and XM to operate their terrestrial repeater networks before the FCC issues permanent repeater rules.

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