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Our proposal quickly clears C-band spectrum, which paves the way for the US to become a global leader in 5G wireless services.

Our proposal has earned the support of the wireless carriers and industry, of content distributors and broadcasters, from economists and the leading US tax payer protection.

Learn more about our unique approach below.

Read about our FCC Proposal
October 29, 2019

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...

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October 28, 2019

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...

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October 28, 2019

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....

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October 17, 2019

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...

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October 16, 2019

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...

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September 12, 2019

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...

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August 14, 2019

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...

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August 7, 2019

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....

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July 1, 2019

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...

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June 11, 2019

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....

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May 21, 2019

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....

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April 29, 2019

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....

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April 19, 2019

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....

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April 5, 2019

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....

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April 5, 2019

CBA Makes Binding Commitments to Customers

The CBA has made binding commitments to protect its members’ customers while facilitating the transition into a 300 MHz portion of the C-band....

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April 5, 2019

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....

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April 1, 2019

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....

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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.

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6 Ways the CBA Solution Accelerates 5G in America

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 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.

Who Will Benefit from Our Proposal

THE ECONOMY

The U.S. economy and American consumers will benefit as 5G networks are more rapidly deployed, providing growth and the socio-economic benefits of a population that is connected to the most advanced mobile broadband infrastructure.

SERVICE PROVIDERS

Mobile service providers will be able to obtain the right spectrum for the roll-out of 5G services, spectrum supporting both city and non-urban deployments.

NON-URBAN AREAS

Non-urban Americans who are unlikely to have access to mmWave 5G, can be served by mid-band spectrum that travels longer distances.

CURRENT USERS

Current users of C-band, including media, data, government and private organizations, continue to thrive. Media customers will have confidence that the quality of their satellite-based distribution to over nearly 120 million U.S. households will be protected, and that advertisers and viewers can continue to rely upon high-quality and reliable services.

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Markus Payer

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C-Band Alliance

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Dianne VanBeber

Vice President, Investor Relations

Intelsat

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