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Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology, TMT2020

From Garage to Global Coverage: SmallSat Growth and Opportunities are the Focus of the 2017 SmallSat Symposium and CSSMA Meeting

Welcome signs greet participants at the 2017 Satellite Symposium.

At this year’s SmallSat Symposium in Silicon Valley, February 6-8, 2017, attendees exchanged perspectives on promoting innovation and development in the satellite industry, all surrounded by exhibits of the first computers and early innovators who paved the way.  Due to attendance twice as high as last year’s event, the SmallSat Symposium … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Technology Tony Lin

White House Announces Big Initiative to Support Small Satellites

Last month, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (“OSTP”) announced the “Harnessing the Small Satellite Revolution” initiative.  OSTP committed to working with NASA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, and other Federal agencies to promote and support both government and private use of small satellites for remote sensing, communications, science, and the exploration of space.  … Continue Reading

Posted in Technology, TMT2020 Tony Lin

TMT2020: CSSMA Holds First Working Meeting

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We are excited to present this entry in our TMT2020 series, which reflects the key technology, media, and telecoms legal issues that are expected to impact today’s organizations and tomorrow’s marketplace.  It also provides an opportunity to highlight contributions by TMT colleagues across our global offices and practice areas.

Stephen Duall, FCC, (not pictured) leads a discussion regarding … Continue Reading

Posted in Spectrum Tony Lin

TMT2020: Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association (CSSMA) Launches at Smallsat 2016 in Logan, Utah

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We are excited to present this entry in our TMT2020 series, which reflects the key technology, media, and telecoms legal issues that are expected to impact today’s organizations and tomorrow’s marketplace.  It also provides an opportunity to highlight contributions by TMT colleagues across our global offices and practice areas.  

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Smallsat Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU) Eva Vonau

DSM Watch: Commission identifies two trends from responses to SatCab Directive consultation but extending to online splits opinion

In August 2015 the EU Commission started a public consultation regarding the review of the Satellite and Cable Directive. The EU commission has now released its views on the first preliminary trends of the public consultation

Background

For an overview of the Commission’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy take a look at our earlier blogs for the whole and each … Continue Reading

Posted in Telecoms & Broadband

NextNav closes $70 million Series D funding

NextNav LLC (“NextNav”) closed its US$70 million Series D funding led by venture capital firms New Enterprise Associates and Oak Investment Partners, along with Columbia Capital, Telcom Ventures, and GoldmanSachs Investment Partners. The deal is 2014’s largest venture capital funding to date for a D.C.-area tech company.  Hogan Lovells advised NextNav in the deal.

NextNav, launched by former XM Satellite … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Stephen Propst

Congress authorizes easing of U.S. export controls applicable to commercial communications satellites

In a major step toward export control reform, the U.S. Congress passed legislation on 21 December 2012 giving the President authority to ease export controls applicable to commercial communications satellites (COMSATs) and related items. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (NDAA), which was signed into law by President Obama on 3 January 2013, restores the President’s authority … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation

Satellite System Procurement 101

Satellite system procurements are, today, more challenging than ever. The financial market status, including the Eurozone crisis, has further increased the difficulty of raising equity and debt to fund unproven satellite systems.

Hybrid satellite-terrestrial systems, designed to extend the “niche” appeal of satellite systems, have extended the system’s appeal, but have been enormously expensive undertakings, and have to date Continue Reading