FCC Opens Competition Probe Of Satellite Operators

Law360, New York (July 19, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it has launched an inquiry into potential anti-competitive behavior in the satellite industry.

The FCC said in a Federal Register notice that it would take a look at allegations that incumbents in the market for fixed-satellite services, such as Intelsat SA and Inmarsat PLC, are hoarding satellite orbit locations or taking other actions that may be restraining competition in the satellite industry.

“The commission seeks comment on whether [fixed-satellite services] operators are warehousing satellite orbital locations and frequency assignments, and...
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