NRB members utilizing satellite “C-band” spectrum (3.7 to 4.2 GHz) for distribution of programming should take note that the FCC is considering whether or not it is feasible to allow mobile broadband to also use the band. In addition to instituting a freeze on new earth stations to receive content in this way, the agency has also provided a window for previously unregistered incumbent users to declare their operations by July 18, 2018.
In a public notice, the commission stated, “This filing window provides a limited opportunity to operators with constructed and operational, but currently unregistered or unlicensed, earth stations to file applications to be licensed or registered for interference protection, subject to the outcome of the Commission’s ongoing inquiry and any subsequent proceeding(s).”
LinkUp Communications has posted thoughts about this proceeding that has raised flags for a number of broadcasters, along with ways to navigate the FCC C-Band filing system. Further action by the agency is anticipated this summer.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: June 1, 2018