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Statement on FCC Vote on Small Satellite Licensing Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
April 17, 2018

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Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator David J. Redl issued the following statements on the Federal Communications Commission's vote approving a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to streamline the licensing process for small satellites:

“The Department of Commerce is doing its part to streamline its licensing process for small satellites by working with the federal agencies and the FCC to make space accessible for non-traditional and new operators inside and outside government while reducing the regulations on federal agencies seeking certifications for small satellites.” – U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

“The federal government needs to do all it can to reduce barriers to innovation in the development and deployment of these new satellites, which can play an important role in advancing U.S. leadership in space initiatives.” – Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator David J. Redl