Satellite Services

Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC attorneys are closely familiar with the business and regulatory considerations involved in establishing and operating satellite communications companies. The firm has represented companies in all four of the commercially active satellite radio services: Direct Broadcast Satellite, Fixed Satellite Service (“FSS”), Mobile Satellite Service, and Radio Determination Satellite Service.

Our clients include companies that buy and lease transponder capacity on FSS satellites to gather news and to deliver business videos, advertising, data, music, occasional-use video programs, and Internet access.

FHH attorneys negotiate leases and purchases of transponder capacity, and arrange for the authorizations to operate space stations and earth stations, both domestically and internationally. We participate in Federal Communications Commission rulemaking proceedings, State Department Working Groups, and World Radio Conferences to advocate our clients’ issues affecting the satellite industry, and to aid United States satellite companies in entering international markets.

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