FCC voting on C-Band spectrum auction proposal

7 Feb 2020

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote at its next meeting on a proposal to auction a new swathe of 3.7GHz C-Band 5G mobile frequencies in December this year, alongside a scheme to compensate satellite operators for relinquishing the spectrum, reports the Wall Street Journal. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is proposing to free up the lower 280MHz of C-Band spectrum, and to pay the satellite firms USD3 billion-USD5 billion in compensation for relocation costs plus additional accelerated payments of USD9.7 billion to the incumbent operators, which include Intelsat and SES. If the proposal is approved, Mr Pai wants to launch a federal C-Band auction on 8 December.

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