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FCC moves to form Space Bureau as its role in regulating orbit intensifies


The Federal Communications Commission regulates lots of industries and practices relating to telecommunications and the internet, but it is now cementing its role as a space regulator by voting to create a brand-new bureau specializing in the topic.
Bureaus are the divisions of the agency that handle different areas of industry: media, wireless, consumer, and so on, as well as enforcement and the like. They’re full of specialists who research and produce the rules and advisories promulgated by the FCC.
The newly minted Space Bureau will handle all business relating to satellite approval, orbital communications, and space debris, among other things. These are things the agency was already doing, but now they’ll have a new, more effective organization to do them in.
“The satellite industry is growing at a record pace, but here on the ground our regu …

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