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Satellite Industry Association Applauds FCC for Streamlining Satellite Licensing and its Continued Recognition of the Vital Importance of the Expanding Commercial Space and Launch Industry

Washington, D.C., September 21, 2023 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today applauded the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for adopting new rules to expedite its processing of space and Earth station applications to meet the growing needs of today’s commercial space sector. The FCC also adopted new rules to ensure commercial space launches have the spectrum resources they require for reliable communications.

“SIA applauds the FCC and its leadership for continuing to recognize the unprecedented growth and innovation taking place in the commercial space industry and the critical role satellites are playing in providing vital and lifesaving services to Americans each and every day,” said Tom Stroup, president of the Satellite Industry Association. “Unprecedented industry growth and innovation requires an evolving licensing regime. SIA applauds the FCC for taking the steps needed to support the expanding applications and regulatory needs of the industry and commends the Commission for ensuring adequate spectrum is available for an increasing number of commercial space launches.”

About The Satellite Industry Association
SIA is a U.S.-based trade association providing representation of the leading satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers. For more than two decades, SIA has advocated on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite business. For more information, visit

SIA Executive Members include: Amazon; The Boeing Company; Comtech; DIRECTV; EchoStar Corporation; HawkEye 360; Intelsat S.A.; Iridium Communications Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions; Ligado Networks; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Northrop Grumman; OneWeb; Planet Labs PBC; SES Americom, Inc.; Spire Global Inc.; and Viasat Inc. SIA Associate Members include: ABS US Corp.; The Aerospace Corporation; Artel, LLC; AST Space Mobile; Astranis Space Technologies Corp.; Eutelsat America Corp.; ExoAnalytic Solutions; Inmarsat, Inc.; Kymeta Corporation; Leonardo; Lynk; Omnispace; OneWeb Technologies; Ovzon; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Skyloom; Telesat Canada; ULA and XTAR, LLC. SIA Affiliate Members include: Digital Locations, Inc.; DLA Piper; EVONA; Genus Group; Hogan Lovells; Integrasys LLC; Keysight Technologies, Inc.; Media Broadcast Satellite; Orange Business; Orbital Research; Peraton; Plexus Corp; SD Government; Sheppard Mullin and Wiley