5G For Everyone

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.

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

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February 6, 2020

C-Band Alliance Responds to Remarks of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in C-Band Proceeding

The CBA responded to remarks delivered by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai about the forthcoming C-band order at an industry event hosted by the Information Techn...

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January 28, 2020

CBA Issues C-Band Value Analyses and Clearing Cost Estimates

Based on separate analyses from two respected economic and financial advisory firms, NERA and Evercore, the value of the 280 MHz that are to be auction...

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January 24, 2020

Expedite the C-Band Transition With The CBA As Clearing Coordinator

The member companies of the CBA, with the benefit of fair and appropriate incentives, are uniquely able to coordinate the C-band spectrum clearing that must occur to effectuate the...

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January 16, 2020

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...

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January 14, 2020

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...

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December 16, 2019

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...

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November 18, 2019

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...

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November 15, 2019

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...

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November 15, 2019

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....

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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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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.

Who Will Benefit from CBA Involvement.


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.


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


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


C-Band Alliance

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Dianne VanBeber

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