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Senate Panel OKs Measure Giving Northpoint Free Access To DBS Spectrum

By | September 5, 2003

      The Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment this week that would give proposed terrestrial wireless multichannel TV competitor Northpoint access to direct broadcast satellite (DBS) spectrum at no charge without having to participate in auctions.

      Attached to the Commerce-Justice-State Departments Appropriations bill, the amendment extends the ORBIT Act’s prohibition on holding spectrum auctions for international satellite services to terrestrial wireless video applicants.

      For more on this story, including the reaction by the DBS providers, see the Sept. 8 issue of SATELLITE NEWS. For info on subscribing to PBI Media’s satellite newsletters, check out our Web site at

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