Here is a very brief summary of applicable FCC regulations, as applied to users of portable satellite internet systems such as ours. If persons don't want to read the below details, suffice it to state that the FCC doesn't give one hoot about our use of our tripod- or RV roof-mounted systems.
The FCC (and US govt in general) has made it clear it does not, and will not regulate the internet, per se (illegal content is another story, e.g., child pornography and terrorism which is usually handled outside the FCC). The FCC WILL regulate the major corporations' radiowave transmission emanating from the NOCs (Network Operations Center), meaning that it regulates the commercial companies.http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/information_directory.html#cable
All satellite communications come under 47CFR25, although smaller incidental radiation devices are covered under additional parts of Title 47 such as Part 15 (47CFR15) http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin ... &TYPE=TEXT
whose primary intent is to prevent interference.
Current regulations are aimed at the "Communication-satellite earth station complex" of a "Communications common carrier", meaning the NOCs owned by Hughes.http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_04/47cfr25_04.html
**Tripod or roof-mounted two-way dishes are not classified as Temporary Fixed Earth Stations (TFESs) because they are not considered nor treated as Fixed Earth Stations. A Fixed Station would be the network of transmitters/receivers/antennas/ancillary equipment of the Hughes NOC. http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/12feb20041500/edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2004/octqtr/47cfr25.104.htm
To the contrary, the FCC promotes satellite communications and jealously guards its prerogatives through preemption of any state and local regulations:http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/12feb20041500/edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2004/octqtr/47cfr25.104.htm
The only reason the FCC might become involved at our level of use is for RF safety considerations, which the FCC has dismissed as insignificant for home satellite internet systems: http://www.fcc.gov/oet/rfsafety/rf-faqs.html#Q19
This is a super-oversimplification of many very complex and technical regulations. It is not within the parameters of this discussion to go into great depth and I don't have the time to do exhaustive research. If someone wants to research FCC regulations, here 't'is:http://www.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/cfrassemble.cgi?title=200047
In summary as stated earlier, the FCC couldn't care less about portable satellite Internet systems such as ours.