5G For Everyone
Our proposal quickly clears C-band spectrum, which paves the way for the US to become a global leader in 5G wireless services.
We balance the requirements of our customers, who need high-quality C-band spectrum to broadcast programming to nearly 120 million US homes, with the US goal of accelerating the expected societal and economic benefits of 5G.
Learn more about our unique approach below.Read about our FCC Proposal
CBA responds to FCC’s Public Notice on legal rights in C-band
In a Public Notice issued May 3, 2019, the FCC sought comment from affected parties on the extent to which satellite and earth station operators have enforceable rights against har...Read More
CBA Proposes Commercial Auction Process for C-Band
The CBA has presented to the FCC a fast, flexible, and fair commercial auction process with FCC oversight to offer C-band spectrum to bidders....Read More
CBA Band Plan accelerates 5G economic development in the U.S.
The CBA band plan describes how cleared C-band spectrum would be divided into blocks upon which wireless carriers could bid, enabling the rapid deployment of 5G services....Read More
C-Band Satellite Antenna FCC License Certification
The FCC has called for earth stations to be certified in order to be taken into consideration as the FCC makes decisions in the C-band rulemaking....Read More
CBA: Clearing Spectrum for 5G is in the Public Interest
The CBA’s proposal maximizes benefits in the public interest by clearing spectrum years faster than the alternative....Read More
C-Band Alliance Appoints Peter Pitsch to Lead Advocacy and Government Affairs
The CBA has appointed Peter Pitsch as Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs....Read More
CBA: Implement 5G as Soon as Possible
The CBA’s proposal protects existing spectrum while still clearing it for a speedy 5G roll-out, reduces the auction timelines, and addresses the needs of rural America....Read More
CBA Criticizes T-Mobile’s Alternative C-Band Proposal
T-Mobile’s approach would slow 5G deployment to a crawl and violate the Communications Act’s requirement for incentive auctions to be voluntary....Read More
Our FCC Proposal
Our proposal efficiently and expeditiously clears mid-band spectrum—known as C-band—that is required for the US to become a global leader in 5G wireless services.
Our proposal ensures that current satellite customers of this spectrum—namely television and radio companies broadcasting programming to 120 million US homes—can continue to rely on high quality C-band services.
Our proposal accelerates the expected economic benefits of 5G–which are significant. Our expeditious approach will allow the US economy to begin the era of 5G growth and innovation in as little as 18 to 36 months.
Our proposal features our commitment to fund and undertake the implementation of the necessary technical elements to clear spectrum and protect current users, including installation of hardware at tens of thousands of sites across the US.
Our proposal uniquely commits to funding the build of additional satellites that provides required additional transmission facilities so that no current satellite user loses service. This also maximizes the amount of spectrum to be cleared in 18 to 36 months.Read More
The CBA proposal uses market forces to balance competing interests and produce a winning outcome for all interested parties.
The increased access to mid-band spectrum provided by the CBA proposal will allow the US to quickly pursue 5G leadership, but not at the expense of existing, essential satellite services in the band, creating a win/win solution.
The CBA proposal puts America first, accelerating spectrum access to support US 5G leadership.
The CBA proposal is a voluntary solution offered by the satellite operators, licensed incumbents in the band for nearly four decades. Instead of blocking access to its mid-band spectrum, the CBA voluntary proposal balances the needs of satellite customers with the priorities of the nation, sacrificing neither.
The CBA proposal protects the millions of US television and radio consumers.
The CBA commits to maintaining services for 100 percent of current television and radio programming in C-band at the same quality and reliability. Consumers in cities and rural areas alike will continue to enjoy the robust programming options and crystal-clear images that they’ve relied on for decades.
The CBA proposal maintains high quality satellite infrastructure for broadcasters and cable operators.
The CBA ensures all current customers of C-band in the US will continue to be served—even after clearing 200 MHz of spectrum (inclusive of a guard band) for 5G services. The only way to pack the services being provided across 500 MHz today into the 300 MHz available in the future is through the launch of new satellites to backfill communications units. CBA members are able to procure, launch and operate these new satellites, which will be built by US manufacturers.
The CBA will cover all costs related to the spectrum transition and serve as a facilitator in the process.
The CBA proposal commits to fund the transition cost for hundreds of C-band customers and cable operators, including earth station repointing labor and the cost of manufacturing and installing filters on tens of thousands of receive antennas across the country. We will ensure that current users incur no expense as a result of the transition. The CBA is committed to coordinating this process by implementing a transition plan, transponder by transponder, customer by customer, to ensure no services are interrupted.
The CBA plan eliminates the opportunity for hold-outs.
Because the entire 500 MHz is being used simultaneously by all four satellite operators across the entire continental United States, it is not possible for individual satellite operators to clear segments of the spectrum individually. Because the CBA is made up of the four satellite operators that serve all of the C-band customers in the US, the CBA proposal avoids a holdout scenario, saving the US years of time.
The CBA approach reduces historical auction timelines by half.
Recent FCC auctions have ranged from 7 to 12 years from start to finish, such as the 700 MHz Auction from 2005 to 2012. The CBA plan clears 200 MHz of spectrum in 18 to 36 months from an FCC order. This accelerates the deployment of 5G and cycle of economic growth that will result in new services and jobs that benefit the US.