Fcc to test northpoint
By BroadCasting & Cable Staff -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/22/2000 8:00:00 PM
Congress plans to pass a bill that would require the FCC to test whether Northpoint Technology's spectrum-sharing proposal would interfere with services on the 12 GHz spectrum band. The measure is sponsored by Rep. Mike Oxley (R-Ohio) and has been shepherded through Congress by House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas). Northpoint had opposed the measure, both because it didn't want tests to cause any more licensing delays and because the bill would have made Northpoint a secondary service to other non-DBS services planned by Alcatel-backed Skybridge and Boeing.
While the bill still requires testing, it no longer requires the FCC to consider Northpoint a secondary service. The measure will be attached to a larger bill that grants $1.25 billion in federal loan guarantees to help local TV signals be delivered to rural households.
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