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The CBA is essential for quickly clearingC-band spectrum, which paves the way for the US to become a global leader in 5G wireless services.
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Accelerated C-Band Clearing Payments Are Essential to Win the 5G Race
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced that the FCC will conduct a public auction for 280 MHz of C-band spectrum in 2020. A speedy transition is critical if the U.S. wants to win...Read More
The C-Band Alliance Can Clear Spectrum For 5G Rapidly and Efficiently
FCC Chairman Pai recently announced that the FCC will conduct a public auction for 280 MHz of C-band spectrum in 2020. The CBA supports Chairman Pai’s decision, but notes that it...Read More
Satellite Operators Hold Spectrum Licenses with Fundamental Rights
In exchange for a satellite license from the FCC, satellite operators are expected to invest hundreds of millions of dollars, per satellite, to provide satellite communications ser...Read More
C-Band Alliance Responds to FCC Announcement to Move to Public Auction of C-Band Spectum
C-Band Alliance Responds to FCC Announcement to Move to Public Auction of C-Band Spectum...Read More
C-Band Alliance Files U.S. Treasury Contribution Proposal with Federal Communications Commission – Press Release
The proposal would result in billions of dollars in contribution to the U.S. Treasury following the completion of a successful auction of C-band spectrum. The proposal also feature...Read More
C-Band Alliance Files U.S. Treasury Contribution Proposal with Federal Communications Commission
The CBA submitted to the FCC a letter outlining the details of its commitment to provide a portion of net proceeds of a CBA-led auction to the U.S. Treasury....Read More
C-Band Alliance Joins With U.S. Wireless Community on FCC Filing Detailing C-Band Auction Principles – Press Release
The CBA announced that national, regional, and rural wireless operators (AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Pine Belt Wireless, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon) joined with the CBA on princi...Read More
C-Band Alliance Proposes to Clear 300 MHz of Spectrum for Nationwide 5G Deployment – Press Release
The CBA updates its 5G proposal to the FCC and offers to clear 300 MHz of C-band spectrum, inclusive of a 20-MHz guard band. The CBA proposes to make a...Read More
CBA Proposes Clearing 300 MHz of C-Band Spectrum – Fact Sheet
In 2018, the C-Band Alliance (CBA) filed a proposal with the FCC to voluntarily clear a significant part of the C-band spectrum in the continental U.S....Read More
Letter from CBA to Leadership of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services
Peter Pitsch, Executive Vice President, Advocacy & Government Relations, wrote to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government’s Chairm...Read More
Americans for Tax Reform says CBA’s proposal “addresses our concerns”
In an open letter to the US Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Americans for Tax Reform organization states “[T]he CBA proposal will get C-Band spectrum into the hands of wi...Read More
Phoenix Center Supports CBA Proposal: Private Auction “may be a sensible next step”
Think tank study “Innovation In Spectrum Repurposing: The C-Band As A Principal-Agent Problem” concludes that “it makes sense for the government to allow the consorti...Read More
CBA Reply Comments to FCC Public Notice Regarding Other Proposals
The CBA’s reply comments document the numerous timing, technological and legal flaws that various stakeholders have identified in the ACA Connects Coalition proposal and build on...Read More
C-Band Alliance Files Comments Under FCC Public Notice on ACA Charter Connects, WISPA, and AT&T Proposals.
The CBA commented on technical, operational and implementation weaknesses in the ACA Connects proposal, in addition to other questions posed by the FCC....Read More
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
The CBA is Essential in Reaching U.S. 5G Fast.
The U.S. Needs to Deploy 5G Quickly…
The next generation of mobile communications technology, 5G, will bring ground-breaking services to consumers and businesses and will be one of the most important drivers of innovation and economic growth over the next two decades, generating millions of new, high-paying jobs. 5G will enable smart technologies and the Internet of Things that will result in new levels of automation and create entirely new industries.
As countries race to make the transition to 5G, the U.S. must move quickly to ensure leadership in this technology and remain relevant in the development of the equipment, applications, and services that will run over 5G.
…Or Risk Disadvantaging America’s Technology Leadership
If the U.S. doesn’t win the race to 5G, companies in other nations, such as China, will establish the technology and therefore the standards for devices and applications that run on 5G. U.S. equipment manufacturers will find themselves playing catch-up to China’s state-influenced communications and technology sector, including Huawei and ZTE. As a result, next-generation networks will be built by China, and Chinese companies would own the patents necessary for building 5G networks. As a result, next-generation networks will be built by China, and Chinese companies would own the patents necessary for building 5G networks. This scenario would be disastrous for U.S. software and cloud companies, depriving the U.S. of better and safer global supply chains.
The Defense Innovation Board, a group of American business leaders and academics, issued a report to the Department of Defense about the danger of the U.S. falling behind. The report warned, “The leader of 5G stands to gain hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue over the next decade, with widespread job creation across the wireless technology sector. The country that owns 5G will own many of these innovations and set the standards for the rest of the world. That country is currently not likely to be the United States.” The time advantage—who gets there first—will be the determining factor for 5G winners and losers.
Mid-Band Spectrum is Essential for 5G
In order for 5G to be deployed, U.S. wireless operators need access to mid-band spectrum in the U.S. Making mid-band spectrum available for 5G quickly will position the U.S. communications and technology sectors to aggressively compete in the global market for 5G technologies.
Other countries are quickly moving to assign, deploy, and maximize the utility of mid-band spectrum. China, Japan, South Korea, Germany, and France are all making or have made their mid-band spectrum available for 5G. These countries want to secure first-mover advantage, which carries the ability to set foundational infrastructure and specifications for all future products—what the United States was able to do with 4G. The global race to 5G is on and the U.S. is at risk of falling behind.
The CBA Is Essential for the Clearing of Spectrum Needed for 5G
The C-band is a band of spectrum with the right balance of coverage and capacity to facilitate 5G adoption throughout urban, suburban, and rural America. However, the C-band is currently used by satellite operators serving U.S. broadcasters and programmers to provide TV and radio to nearly 120 million American homes.
In order for a portion of the C-band to be made available for 5G, the C-Band Alliance proposed to clear 300 MHz (inclusive of a 20 MHz guard band) of the C-band in the continental U.S., or 60% of the total 500 MHz allocated to satellite operations today. The process to clear that spectrum while continuing high-reliability content distribution services in a much smaller footprint than today—a full 60 percent less—is massively complicated. It could be compared to converting a five-lane highway to a two-lane road, all while carrying the same amount of traffic with no change in trip times.
With the necessary expertise and tools in hand, the CBA is the linchpin of that complex and urgent operation of clearing C-band spectrum quickly for 5G while protecting the incumbent TV and radio services that Americans value. Only the CBA has the thorough understanding of the incumbent services that must be moved and protected, the ability to ensure a high degree of cooperation and coordination as networks are moved, the rights and resources to deploy the necessary new satellites, and the legal rights to the C-band spectrum licenses.
It is imperative that the U.S. take the fastest, best path to securing mid-band spectrum for 5G. That path requires the central involvement of the C-Band Alliance.