Comments on Fiber and Other Proposals for C-Band Due by August 7


The FCC continues to explore options to maximize the amount of C-band spectrum at 3.7-4.2 GHz that can be reallocated from current satellite uses to 5G terrestrial broadband.  Specifically, focused comments are sought on three sets of proposals.  First, a coalition proposal filed by ACA Connects (formerly the American Cable Association) along with Charter and CCA would reallocate 370 megahertz of C-band spectrum via an FCC auction, the proceeds of which would assist with costs to transition MVPD incumbents to a fiber network pursuant to three-step plan for urban, suburban and rural areas; non-MVPD incumbents would be repacked in the upper portion of the C-band with the help of satellite operators.  Second, comment is sought on AT&T’s proposal for a band plan alternative to the one proposed by the C-Band Alliance.  Lastly, comment is sought on a detailed proposal filed by WISPA, Google, and Microsoft regarding co-channel coexistence between Fixed Satellite Service and fixed wireless point-to-multipoint operations. Comments on these filings are due by August 7, 2019 and replies by August 14, 2019.

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