LEO Satellite Constellations: Why Smart Sharing Rules Matter in Space


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A new space race to provide high-speed broadband service from orbit is shifting into high gear. These wireless broadband networks are literally ‘out of this world,’ as companies like SpaceX and Amazon launch thousands – soon, tens of thousands – of low earth orbit (LEO) satellite. Their success could be key to truly universal connectivity, especially in rural areas and developing nations, but they are not free from controversy.

The FCC is looking to usher in a new era of LEO satellite constellations by updating the rules for satellite spectrum sharing and space debris. Unlike most terrestrial internet providers, satellites share spectrum bands, including with future market innovators and competitors.

The policy challenge is how best to share spectrum most efficiently and keep space safe, while also prioritizing innovation, competition, and affordable broadband connections for rural and remote areas in particular. 

Please join FCC Commissioners Geoffrey Starks and Nathan Simington, as well as a panel that includes representatives of the two U.S. industry leaders (Amazon's Project Kuiper and SpaceX's Starlink) and noted policy experts, to discuss the key regulatory debates that will shape the industry’s future.

Join the conversation on Twitter using #SpectrumSharing and following @OTI.

Lunch will be provided.

Keynote Remarks:

Commissioner Geoffrey Starks
Federal Communications Commission

Commissioner Nathan Simington 
Federal Communications Commission

Discussion Panel:

Julie Zoller
Head of Global Regulatory Affairs, Amazon’s Project Kuiper

David Goldman
Senior Director of Satellite Policy, SpaceX

Whitney Lohmeyer
Assistant Professor of Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Harold Feld
Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge