The Federal Communications Commission has picked June 25 to begin the auction
of licenses intended to provide video programming and high-speed data in a
portion of the radio spectrum occupied by direct-broadcast satellite
In May, the FCC determined that spectrum sharing by satellite and terrestrial
occupants, as proposed by Northpoint Technology Ltd., could occur without
harmful interference to the DBS incumbents.
Northpoint, which sought national licenses free-of-charge, is suing the FCC,
as is the Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association.
The original auction date was Feb. 12.