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Advanced loses spectrum-reclamation bid

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The Federal Communications Commission Friday dismissed Advanced
Communications' year-old petition to reopen its spectrum-allocation case.

The commission ruled that new evidence submitted by Advanced "is nothing more
than another attempt to reargue issues presented in numerous prior court
proceedings."

The evidence -- affidavits signed by former commissioners James Quello and
Andrew Barrett -- contends that "at least one" of three commissioners who voted to
strip Advanced of direct-broadcast satellite spectrum in 1995 admitted to voting for reclamation simply
to generate federal revenue from a subsequent auction.

Advanced said that motivation makes the decision illegal.

Quello and Barrett both voted against reclaiming Advanced's spectrum, which
is now held by EchoStar Communications Corp.

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