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Market Brief: Regulatory Update

We are now about a year into the Biden Administration.  While satellite issues are not typically partisan, the industry is regulated and subject to decisions made on licensing, spectrum access and sharing, and the sustainability of space.  The FCC did not have a Chair named until near the end of 2021 and the 5th position remains unfilled pending confirmation.  The Administrator of NTIA also awaits confirmation and the head of the Office of Space Commerce has not been named. What impact will those positions have on the satellite industry? Congress has passed legislation providing funding for broadband, but will satellite systems be able to participate?  Will the FCC adopt indemnification and bond requirements for new satellite systems as part of its Orbital Debris rulemaking proceeding? Also, how will the proposed rules changing how non-GEO communication satellites impact new entrants into that sector of the industry? The Satellite Industry Association represents the industry and will address these questions and others that will impact our industry this year and well into the future.

Market Brief
Date: February 8, 2022 Time: 9:15 am - 9:30 am George John
Senior Associate

Hogan Lovells
Randy Segal

Hogan Lovells