FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced
plans in early November to reorganize the commission’s structure to create a
new Space Bureau to consolidate all activities related to satellites. Under the
plan, the International Bureau will have its satellite-related responsibilities
transferred to the new Space Bureau and will be reconfigured as a standalone
Office of International Affairs, modeled after the current Office of Engineering
and Technology (OET) and Office of General Counsel. The Space Bureau will also
deal with domestic satellite matters.
FCC Chairwoman Jessica
Rosenworcel (FCC photo)
It is unclear how or whether this change in FCC bureau structure will impact the Amateur Satellite Service. The FCC did not release a timetable for making these changes.