Important Notice for Your Satellite Downlink

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To: PRSS Station Leadership

From: Michael Beach, NPR VP, Distribution

April 24, 2018


The FCC today issued a temporary freeze on new or modified FSS and fixed microwave earth stations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band. This refers to the satellite downlink antenna(s) stations use to receive broadcast programs from Content Depot.

The freeze exempts current holders of unregistered earth stations from registering existing earth stations.  This apparently is how the FCC intends to update its records and resolve the issue of how many earth stations use the 3.7-4.2 GHz spectrum.  For purposes of the C-Band proceeding, the FCC is waiving the requirement that a registering earth station licensee coordinate with terrestrial stations.

While we are confident that most of the PRSS earth stations are registered, we wanted to alert you to this development and encourage holders of unregistered earth station licenses to register prior to the deadline (July 18, 2018). We also want to encourage all PRSS earth station licensees to confirm the registration status of their earth station(s). 

Members should assume, as the FCC notes, that earth stations that are unregistered as of July 18,2018, may be accorded less protection as a result of decisions made in the FCC proceeding. Less protection means an increased possibility of local interference with the PRSS signal, and more risk of broadcast program disruption at the station.

Please call the PRSS Help Desk at 800-971-7677 or email the Help Desk at with any question you may have.


Posted: April 19, 2018