The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that it has canceled
EchoStar Communications Corp.'s authorization to operate 22 direct-broadcast
satellite channels at the 175 degrees west longitude orbital location.
The FCC said EchoStar has not made sufficient progress toward launching a
service from that location. The agency has reclaimed those channels and plans to
reassign them. It added that EchoStar may participate in the reassignment
In a separate order released Thursday, the commission said it would grant
EchoStar's request for a Western orbital location provided that it specifies its
preferred spot within 10 days. EchoStar must also submit a revised construction
milestone schedule and commence a DBS service at the Western orbital location
within three years.
EchoStar currently delivers some noncore programming for its Dish Network
service from 148 degrees west.