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 the global race to 5G. The C-Band Alliance (CBA)—if fairly incentivized—is uniquely positioned to provide that speed. The CBA’s recent filing explains how the FCC has the authority to require winning C-band bidders to pay for an accelerated clearing of the spectrum as a condition of their participation in the C-band auction and as a license condition.