Spectrum: An important enabling element for commercial space activities

Electromagnetic Spectrum Use Supports a Vibrant Commercial U.S. Space Economy

Reliable and interference-free access to electromagnetic spectrum has enabled a robust array of American commercial space activities for more than fifty years. Today, American commercial space activities are valued at nearly $90 billion and support more than 200,000 direct private sector jobs in the satellite services, satellite manufacturing, launch services and ground equipment segments. Every day, American consumers and enterprises rely on services enabled by access to spectrum:

  • to watch real-time news, sports and entertainment events.
  • to provide internet, phone and video to users in both remote and urban locations.
  • to support a variety of safety, remote sensing and other services that are critical but invisible to most of their beneficiaries.

Looking to the future, American companies are harnessing next-generation technologies to develop new products with the potential to unlock whole new classes of business over the coming years. With more and more users making demands upon the scarce spectrum resource, we must have policies that promote sound and predictable spectrum for commercial space activities if we are to achieve and sustain the societal and economic benefits offered by these technologies.

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