FCC Extends C-Band Registrations to October 17, Freezes Space Station Applications

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In two public notices, the FCC’s International Bureau (1) extended by 90 days the filing window for C-band downlink operators to register their stations (while also providing guidance and new filing options) and (2) temporarily froze new Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) space station license applications and US market access requests.  The C-band filing window was opened in April 2018 alongside a freeze of new FSS earth stations in order to preserve the 3.7-4.2 GHz landscape while the FCC considers new proposed rules for the band for 5G and wireless broadband use.  The draft 3.7-4.2 GHz item is headlining the FCC’s July open meeting.

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