Satellite Operators Commit to Accelerated C-band Clearance by 2023


The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) has announced that it received from all eligible satellite operators (i.e., Claro, Eutelsat, Intelsat, SES, and Telesat) their commitments to meet an accelerated C-band clearing timeline by the end of 2023. Pursuant to the FCC’s C-band order, meeting this accelerated timeline will mean the satellite operators will be eligible for up to $9.7 billion in accelerated relocation payments plus reasonable relocation costs as paid for by the new licensees in the band. The FCC is planning to auction 3.7-4.0 GHz spectrum later this year in December 2020. Without the accelerated timeline and incentive payments, the C-band was mandated to be cleared by the end of 2025.

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