Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM ET

Venable LLP

Updating The Federal Communications Commission’s Regulatory Regime for a New Era of Space Innovation: A February Virtual Discussion

The Creation of the Space Bureau, Space Innovation, and Expediting the Processing of Applications

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From in-space manufacturing and assembly (ISAM) to privately run space stations and missions to Mars, we’re entering a new era of space innovation, with the United States under pressure to take an international leadership role. The growth of these novel space activities increases the burden on the Federal Communications Commission to manage the needs of industry. Meanwhile, a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court and new House majority leadership signal skepticism of broad agency interpretations of authority. FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel has responded by proposing the creation of a new Space Bureau and initiating several “Space Innovation” proceedings aimed at streamlining the processing of licenses. Meanwhile, Congress is considering the Satellite and Telecommunications Streamlining Act, which would require more responsive timelines for FCC action. In short, the regulatory regime that many in the space industry know and understand is in a state of flux, with the final disposition unknown.

Join Venable’s Communications Practice partner Laura Stefani and guests from the satellite industry as they discuss pending FCC actions to modify the agency’s approach to managing this new era of space. 


Laura Stefani, Partner, Venable LLP

Jennifer Manner, SVP, Regulatory Affairs, EchoStar Corporation/Hughes Network Systems LLC

Audrey Allison, Senior Project Leader, Center for Space Policy and Strategy, The Aerospace Corporation

Kalpak Gude, Head of Domestic Regulatory Affairs, Project Kuiper, Amazon