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CBA Statement on Senate Commerce Committee Vote on 5G Spectrum Act

The CBA has consistently supported legislative initiatives that advance the FCC’s efforts to safely clear extremely valuable mid-band spectrum to enable 5G in the U.S. Today’s committee vote represents a positive step in that direction and we thank Senators Wicker and Thune for their vigorous…

Published on December 10, 2019
QVC/HSN Call for FCC to Ensure Satellite Operator Involvement

QVC, Inc. and HSN, Inc. submitted an ex parte filing that stated, “[I]t is absolutely essential that the auction and 5G licensing process include mechanisms that will ensure that satellite operators remain at the table through their active and ongoing participation in the transition to and operation of the reconfigured band.”

Published on December 9, 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 services across the U.S. The result of the FCC licensing of satellite services is the development of the vast satellite broadcast infrastructure that every day delivers hundreds of television and radio programs to nearly 120 million households across the U.S. with unmatched reliability. Thus, the satellite operators’ stewardship of this spectrum continues to result in enormous public interest benefits. The licenses grant certain rights to the holders, including that the licenses are protected and cannot be fundamentally altered or taken away without license holders’ consent.

Why the Need for Speed Applies to 5G and National Security Considerations

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.

Published on December 9, 2019
CBA Meets with FCC to Discuss the C-Band Proceeding

At four recent meetings, CBA participants discussed with the FCC how the CBA could work cooperatively with the FCC to develop an effective plan to incentivize a swift transition of a portion of the C-band to 5G, achieve the best outcome for the American public, and protect the rights of its member companies and the interests of their users.

Published on December 6, 2019
Experts Know the CBA Is Essential in Clearing C-Band Spectrum

Media and analyst reports on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s call for a public auction of C-band spectrum, as well as statements and FCC filings from wireless interests and C-band customers, attest that the voluntary involvement of the C-Band Alliance’s (CBA) members is vitally important to the expeditious clearing of 300 MHz of C-band for 5G deployment.

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

Published on November 15, 2019
11-13-19 Pai Meeting Ex Parte

Intelsat CEO Steve Spengler met with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with respect to ongoing advocacy for the C-Band Alliance proposal to clear C-Band spectrum.

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 features a plan to work with members of Congress to use a portion of the spectrum and some of the contributions to fund an open access 5G network for rural broadband, providing digital inclusion for rural American citizens. The proposal is based on the use of the CBA spectrum clearing plan, which would deliver cleared spectrum to enable era of 5G in United States while protecting services for television and radio programmers.

Published on 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.

Published on November 14, 2019
Key Third Parties Support the CBA’s Proposal

Economists, experts, and other industry onlookers have reviewed and endorsed the CBA’s market-based approach to clearing spectrum in white papers, articles, and newspaper opinion pieces in recent months. These organizations have concluded that the CBA’s proposal remains the fastest and most effective way to release critical mid-band spectrum for 5G. To ensure the FCC has a complete record, the CBA submitted a collection of materials detailing these organizations’ support for the CBA’s proposal.

Published on November 8, 2019
CBA Files Updated Transition Implementation Plan

The CBA submitted to the FCC an updated Transition Implementation Plan describing in detail how it would clear up to 300 MHz of C-band spectrum if the FCC accepts the CBA proposal. Demonstrating that the CBA is best suited to undertake this complex effort, the Transition Implementation Plan describes how the CBA’s member companies would accomplish (1) implementing cutting-edge technology upgrades and compression solutions to maximize efficient use of spectrum; (2) repacking customer services into higher frequency bands on satellites without service interruption; (3) launching eight new satellites to maintain sufficient on-orbit capacity; (4) designing and installing approximately 100,000 filters on an estimated 35,000 antennas in the continental United States; and (5) ensuring those antennas are tuned and pointed correctly to receive the same content after the clearing is completed. The plan contains detailed commitments from the CBA to cover transition and implementation costs incurred by customers and end users who use the C-band today.

Published on November 7, 2019
CBA Letter to the House Subcommittee on Communications & Technology

The CBA sent a letter to the House Subcommittee on Communications & Technology in response to the subcommittee’s October 29, 2019 hearing, “Repurposing the CBand to Benefit All Americans,” intended to correct misstatements by witnesses in their testimony to the subcommittee. The letter addresses areas such as the public interest benefits of the CBA’s proposal, legal precedent for the CBA’s proposal, principles for a CBA-led auction, and additional topics.

Published on October 31, 2019
Tranche 1 Satellite Earth Station Analysis

At the request of FCC staff, the CBA submitted an analysis providing additional explanation of how the CBA identified the earth station locations outside of the 46 PEAs for Tranche 1 that will need to be filtered to ensure that they do not receive harmful interference from 5G terrestrial operations in the cleared PEAs.

Published on October 30, 2019
Joint Letter About Repurposing the C-Band to Benefit All Americans

In a letter to members of Congress, scholars from the American Consumer Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Heritage Action for America, Lincoln Network, and R Street Institute all agreed that the CBA’s plan is the best and fastest way to make a significant amount of mid-band spectrum available for 5G deployment in order to “win the all-important race to 5G and maintain our status as the world’s economic leader.”

Published on 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 principles for a C-band auction. The principles include auction transparency, fairness, and efficiency; multi-round ascending clock auction format; and contribution of a portion of proceeds to U.S. Treasury.

Published on October 29, 2019
C-Band Alliance Joins With U.S. Wireless Community on FCC Filing Detailing C-Band Auction Principles

In a letter filed with the FCC, national, regional, and rural wireless operators (AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Pine Belt Wireless, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon) joined with the C-Band Alliance on principles for a C-band auction. The principles include auction transparency, fairness, and efficiency; multi-round ascending clock auction format; and contribution of a portion of proceeds to U.S. Treasury.

Published on 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 available for 5G use 100 MHz in 46 top metropolitan areas within 18 months of an FCC order, and 280 MHz throughout the continental U.S. within 36 months from a CBA-led auction. The CBA maintains reliability and continuity of all services and encourages customer use of advanced video compression and other technologies to improve spectrum efficiency.

Published on October 28, 2019
Video Compression Upgrades Help Clear More C-Band Spectrum – Fact Sheet

Over the last several months, the CBA, in consultation with industry experts and customers, has analyzed, applied, and tested compression software and related signal enhancement technologies, which can improve the efficiency of transmitting video signals over satellite. Having confirmed customer willingness to deploy these techniques, the CBA now proposes to clear 300 MHz (inclusive of a 20 MHz guard band) of the C-band in the continental U.S. to enable a fast, nationwide roll-out of 5G.

Published on 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., which is currently used to provide nearly 120 million American households with TV and radio content. The CBA now proposes 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 of 500 MHz allocated to satellite operations today, to enable a fast, nationwide roll-out of 5G.

Published on October 21, 2019
What People Are Saying About The C-Band Alliance Proposal

Research reports from third-party experts and FCC filings from wireless interests and C-band customers attest that the C-Band Alliance (CBA) proposal is the most effective and most efficient way to make C-band spectrum available for 5G while protecting the quality of existing radio and TV signals delivered to nearly 120 million American homes via the C-band.

Published on October 28, 2019
C-Band Alliance Proposes to Clear 300 MHz of Spectrum for Nationwide 5G Deployment

In a letter filed with the FCC, the CBA updated its 5G proposal to the FCC and offered to clear 300 MHz of C-band spectrum, inclusive of a 20-MHz guard band. The CBA also updated its list of commitments to its customers.

Published on October 23, 2019
Verizon supports CBA plan, calling it “clearly preferable” and “far more concrete and credible”

In a filing to the FCC, Verizon says “CBA targets a nationwide clearing of spectrum in half the time that ACA would – 3 years vs. 6 years” and adds “[u]ltimately, achieving a timely transition depends on accountability. And the CBA is a single entity that would be accountable for repacking the band and achieving the timeline. In contrast, no single entity will be accountable for the fiber conversions and other work called for by the ACA Coalition’s plan, and the FCC will have little if any ability to control this process.”

Published on 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 Chairman John Kennedy and Ranking Member Christopher Coons to correct misstatements by two witnesses in written testimony to the subcommittee.

Published on 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 wireless carriers far faster than any of the alternatives proposed to date”, and comes to the conclusion “…we hope the FCC will use its existing authority to quickly pursue this viable solution.”

Published on October 15, 2019
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB): “Free up as much spectrum as possible”

NAB continues to believe “that the FCC can accomplish its goals by acting immediately to free up 200 MHz of spectrum consistent with the C-Band Alliance plan” and “remains committed to working with the Commission and satellite operators to free up as much spectrum as possible while still fully protecting broadcasters content distribution system.”

Published on 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 consortium to serve as an agent in conducting the sale, thereby ensuring the rapid and efficacious repurposing of the band” and calls compensation to the agent “efficient and not `unjust enrichment`”.

Published on September 3, 2019
C-Band Alliance Issues Response to Eutelsat Decision to Withdraw from Alliance

C-Band Alliance (“CBA”) members Intelsat (NYSE: I), SES (Euronext Paris: SESG) and Telesat are fully committed to the market-based approach for clearing C-band spectrum in the U.S.

Published on August 22, 2019
CBA Meets With FCC to Discuss C-Band Proposal And Next Steps

CBA representatives discussed spectrum clearing and transition implementation processes, customer commitment including the CBA’s intent to install, repair, or replace equipment necessary to effectuate the transition of earth station operators to a smaller portion of the C-band, the ‘small satellite operators’ as well as numerous technical issues, timing and next steps in the proceeding.

Published on August 14, 2019
Highlights from Recent Filings in the FCC C-Band Proceeding

Filings from a number of stakeholders reinforced the message that the ACACC proposal is not an actionable path forward for clearing a portion of the C-band.

Published on August 14, 2019
CBA Reply Comments to FCC Public Notice Regarding Other Proposals – Fact Sheet

Supporting Material: 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 our previously filed technical analysis.

Published on August 9, 2019
Content companies support CBA, share and raise concerns about other proposals

CBS, Discovery, Fox, Disney, Univision and Viacom support the CBA proposal, raise concerns about the ACA Connects Coalition’s proposal to move to fiber (“underestimates the complexity, cost, timing and risks of overhauling the content distribution system in the United States”) and oppose to allowing fixed wireless use in the band (“would be fatal”).

Published on August 7, 2019
QVC/HSN raises concerns about the ACA/CCA/Charter proposal to clear up to 370 MHz of C-band by relying on fiber.

Supporting Material: Riverfront Broadcasting and LinkUp Communications raise concerns about the ACA/CCA/Charter proposal to clear up to 370 MHz of C-band by relying on fiber.,

Concerns about timing (“virtually impossible”), service quality (“ensure our valuable content is transmitted reliably“), transition accountability (“commitment regarding the scheduling, ongoing availability and reliability of our total network”), cost (“additional costs to programmers and broadcasters”), and new satellites (“assertion that 370 MHz can be cleared in 36 months without new satellites being built is simply false”).

Published on August 7, 2019
C-Band Alliance Files Comments Under FCC Public Notice on ACA Charter Connects, WISPA, and AT&T Proposals.

Supporting Material: CBA Response to FCC Public Notice Regarding Other Proposals – Fact Sheet,

The CBA commented on technical, operational and implementation weaknesses in the ACA Connects proposal, in addition to other questions posed by the FCC.

Published on August 7, 2019
CBA Response to FCC Public Notice Regarding Other Proposals – Fact Sheet

Supporting Material: 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.

Published on August 7, 2019
Riverfront Broadcasting and LinkUp Communications raise concerns about the ACA/CCA/Charter proposal to clear up to 370 MHz of C-band by relying on fiber.

Supporting Material: QVC/HSN raises concerns about the ACA/CCA/Charter proposal to clear up to 370 MHz of C-band by relying on fiber.,

Concerns about timing (“virtually impossible”), service quality (“ensure our valuable content is transmitted reliably“), transition accountability (“commitment regarding the scheduling, ongoing availability and reliability of our total network”), cost (“additional costs to programmers and broadcasters”), and new satellites (“assertion that 370 MHz can be cleared in 36 months without new satellites being built is simply false”).

Published on July 26, 2019
CBA Meets FCC Bureau to Explain Technical Aspects of its C-band Proposal

Topics were the C-band satellite ecosystem, orbital slots used for C-band, the need for additional satellites to facilitate spectrum clearing and to install 5G rejection filters at earth station; CBA also explained the complexity and timing challenges of replacing the nation’s C-band content distribution with fiber.

Published on July 23, 2019
CBA Meets FCC Bureaus to Discuss CBA Proposal

CBA discussed its proposal to clear a portion of the C-band for terrestrial 5G use via a market-based mechanism, timing and next steps.

Published on July 22, 2019
CBA Member Companies Discuss CBA’s Proposal with the FCC

CBA remains committed to clearing portions of the C-band within 18 and 36 months to meet the nation’s spectrum needs for 5G while also ensuring that existing satellite customers can continue to utilize the band.

Published on July 18, 2019
CBA Reiterates Position and Comments on Legal Rights

Supporting Material: Filing,

In its reply comments to the FCC’s Public Notice from 3 May the CBA explains its view of the legal rights of satellite and earth station operators.

Published on July 15, 2019
CBA Meets FCC To Discuss Earth Station Database

Supporting Material: CBA Meets FCC To Discuss Earth Station Database,

In a meeting with the Commission, the CBA explained the efforts undertaken to better understand the earth station data in the FCC database; the verified data suggest that there are about double the number of antennas.

Published on July 15, 2019
CBA Meets FCC To Discuss Earth Station Database

Supporting Material: CBA Meets FCC To Discuss Earth Station Database,

In a meeting with the Commission, the CBA explained the efforts undertaken to better understand the earth station data in the FCC database; the verified data suggest that there are about double the number of antennas.

Published on July 3, 2019
Legal Rights Public Notice Fact Sheet

Supporting Material: CBA Comments on Legal Rights Public Notice,

In a Public Notice issued May 3, 2019, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sought comment from affected parties on the extent to which satellite and earth station operators have enforceable rights against harmful interference in the C-band spectrum, which is used to deliver television and radio programming to 120 million American households. This same C-band spectrum is needed to support the deployment of 5G services in the U.S.

Published on July 3, 2019
CBA Comments on Legal Rights Public Notice

Supporting Material: Legal Rights Public Notice Fact Sheet,

In a Public Notice issued May 3, 2019, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sought comment from affected parties on the extent to which satellite and earth station operators have enforceable rights against harmful interference in the C-band spectrum, which is used to deliver television and radio programming to 120 million American households. This same C-band spectrum is needed to support the deployment of 5G services in the U.S.

Published on July 2, 2019
Co-Frequency Sharing Background

Published on July 2, 2019
Statement on Fiber-Based Proposals

Fiber-based proposals recently submitted to the FCC fail to consider the significant complexity at the heart of their approach. This is not a task to simply connect antennas to fiber. These proposals require a complete rearchitecting of the U.S. media distribution landscape, including changes to broadcast distribution technology, operations and business models.

Published on July 2, 2019
The Challenges of Replacing C-Band Satellite with Fiber Presentation

Supporting Material: Fiber Meeting Cover Letter, Statement on Fiber-Based Proposals,

The CBA provided to the FCC a detailed assessment of the challenges of transitioning broadcast traffic in the U.S. to a fiber-based infrastructure. Detailed power point presentation is included.

Published on July 2, 2019
Fiber Meeting Cover Letter

Supporting Material: The Challenges of Replacing C-Band Satellite with Fiber Presentation,

The CBA provided to the FCC a detailed assessment of the challenges of transitioning broadcast traffic in the U.S. to a fiber-based infrastructure.

Published on July 2, 2019
CBA Says Co-Frequency Sharing in C-Band is Infeasible

Supporting Material: Co-Frequency Sharing Background, Overview of Opposition to Point-to-Multipoint Operations in the C-Band,

Numerous reports clearly show that co-frequency sharing is not a viable approach to expanding mobile broadband operations in the C-band downlink.

Published on July 2, 2019
OGC Meeting Cover Letter

CBA representatives recently met with the Office of the General Counsel of the FCC to explore topics related to its proposal.

Published on June 18, 2019
Faith Radio Also Supports CBA’s Proposal

Faith Broadcasting expressed support for the CBA’s proposal in recent filings with the FCC.

Published on June 18, 2019
Think Tanks Support CBA’s Proposal

The American Consumer Institute and the American Enterprise Institute expressed support for the CBA’s proposal in recent filings with the FCC.

Published on June 17, 2019
Verizon Encourages FCC to Move Quickly on C-Band

Prompt access to mid-band spectrum is now critical to achieving the full promise of 5G, including more widespread 5G deployment and the full range of advanced capabilities.

Published on June 12, 2019
Auctionomics White Paper Detailing C-Band Auction Process Fact Sheet

Supporting Material: CBA Files Auctionomics White Paper Detailing C-Band Auction Process,

On June 6-7, 2019, the C-Band Alliance (CBA) and its auction design advisor, Auctionomics, Inc., met with the FCC to describe its proposed design for a C-Band spectrum auction plan and platform.

Published on June 12, 2019
CBA Files Auctionomics White Paper Detailing C-Band Auction Process

Supporting Material: Auctionomics White Paper Detailing C-Band Auction Process Fact Sheet,

The White Paper provides extensive details about the proposed auction design, process, and administration and demonstrates that the CBA will deliver on its commitment to a fair, transparent, and quick auction process

Published on 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 our previously filed technical analysis.

Published on July 18, 2019
Filing

In its reply comments to the FCC’s Public Notice from 3 May the CBA explains its view of the legal rights of satellite and earth station operators.

Published on June 7, 2019
CBA Presents C-Band Auction Structure and its Advantages to FCC Chairman’s Office

In a meeting with Nicholas Degani, Senior Counsel to FCC Chairman Pai, and Aaron Goldberger, Acting Wireless Advisor to Chairman Pai, CBA highlighted the advantages of its auction plan: speed, simplicity, flexibility, fairness and the FCC’s role in overseeing such an auction.

Published on June 11, 2019
C-Band Auction Process Fact Sheet

Supporting Material: C-Band Auction Process Q&A, CBA Proposes Fast, Fair and Flexible Commercial Auction Process with FCC Oversight to Offer C-Band Spectrum for 5G,

C-Band Alliance Filing on Proposed Commercial Auction Process

Published on June 11, 2019
CBA Proposes Fast, Fair and Flexible Commercial Auction Process with FCC Oversight to Offer C-Band Spectrum for 5G

Supporting Material: C-Band Auction Process Fact Sheet, C-Band Auction Process Q&A,

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.

Published on June 7, 2019
CBS, Discovery, Fox, Univision, Viacom: C-Band Is the Backbone of Video Distribution; Only the CBA Gives Serious Attention

The Content Companies told the FCC that, of the plans in the record for reallocation of C-band spectrum, only that of the CBA gives serious attention to how the Commission could preserve reliable video delivery over the C-band.

Published on June 7, 2019
Faith Broadcasting Supports CBA Proposal

Faith Broadcasting, Inc. writes to express its ardent support for the Market-Based Approach as proposed by the C-Band Alliance ("CBA") to repurpose 200 MHz of C-band spectrum (inclusive of a 20 MHz guard band) for flexible use. Of the various proposals in the record, the Market­Based Approach is the clear choice.

Band Plan Filing Fact Sheet

Supporting Material: 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.

Published on May 21, 2019
CBA Band Plan accelerates 5G economic development in the U.S.

Supporting Material: Band Plan Filing Fact Sheet,

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.

Published on May 15, 2019
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Expresses Support for C-Band Transition

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) expressed support for transitioning spectrum in the C-band to terrestrial use.

Published on May 15, 2019
CBA responds positively to Content Companies’ 2 May Ex Parte

The CBA understands and supports the safeguards proposed by our member companies’ customers and is working closely with them to ensure the preservation of their service.

Published on May 13, 2019
CBA Meets FCC Chairman’s Office to Discuss Concerns

The CBA met with the FCC Chairman’s Office to discuss concerns around the CBA’s proposed approach to repurposing a portion of the C-band for 5G use.

Published on May 13, 2019
CBA Meets with FCC Office of Engineering and Technology

The CBA discussed technical, operational, and logistical details related to clearing 200 MHz of C-band spectrum for terrestrial operations in 18-36 months.

Published on May 13, 2019
Ex Parte Responding to Ericsson 4-26-19 Letter

Recently, Ericsson filed an ex parte letter addressing the Transition Implementation Process submitted by the C-Band Alliance (“CBA”) for consideration by the Commission and industry stakeholders. In response to that ex parte, the CBA met with Ericsson to clarify that the two-tranche, expedited spectrum clearing proposed in the Transition Implementation Process will not result in co-frequency operations between satellite services and terrestrial mobile services in the same geographic area.

Published on May 10, 2019
Chairman Wicker and Senator Thune Letter to Chairman Pai

Chairman Wicker and Senator Thune urge Chairman Pai to move quickly in clearing spectrum for 5G.

Published on May 8, 2019
C-Band Alliance Proposal Fact Sheet

Why 5G is important, how the CBA proposes to contribute to its deployment, what the CBA proposes and commits to, and why this is beneficial for the U.S.

Published on April 19, 2019
Public Interest Fact Sheet

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

Published on April 11, 2019
WAY Media Response to Expanding Flexible Use of the 3.7 GHz to 4.2 GHz Band, GN Docket No. 18-122 Ex Parte Letter

WAY Media is a party of interest in this proceeding. We are an FCC licensed NCE operator of a C-Band satellite uplink station in Franklin, Tennessee; and the companion network of 15 registered downlink facilities nationwide that feed our owned and operated radio stations we brand WAY-FM. Our network reaches 25-million US citizens in large, midsize, and rural areas. We rely on the unencumbered 3.7-4.2 GHz C-band operating spectrum to serve these people.

Published on April 11, 2019
LinkUp Response to Expanding Flexible Use of the 3.7 GHz to 4.2 GHz Band, GN Docket No. 18-122 Ex Parte Letter

LinkUp Communications Corporation (“LinkUp”) writes to express its support for the Market-Based Approach proposed by the C-Band Alliance (“CBA”) to repurpose 200MHz of C-band spectrum (inclusive of a 20 MHz guard band) for flexible use. Of the various proposals in the record, the Market-Based Approach is the clear choice.

Published on April 10, 2019
Notice of Ex Parte Meeting, GN Docket No. 18-122

Per FCC Rule 1.1206, this letter provides notice that on April 10, 2019, Jennifer Hindin and Gregg Elias of Wiley Rein LLP, counsel to the C-Band Alliance (“CBA”), met with Nicholas Degani, senior counsel to Chairman Pai.

Published on April 10, 2019
C-Band Alliance Implementation Fact Sheet

Supporting Material: Ex Parte Implementation Plan,

The key elements of how CBA proposes to implement its market-based approach to clear 200 MHz in the C-band.

Published on April 10, 2019
Ex Parte Implementation Plan

Supporting Material: C-Band Alliance Implementation Fact Sheet,

Attached hereto, for the Commission’s and industry’s consideration in the above-referenced proceeding, is a proposed “Transition Implementation Process” developed by the C-Band Alliance (“CBA”). The Transition Implementation Process contains details about the CBA’s proposed approach to clearing 200 MHz (inclusive of a 20 MHz guard band) of the C-Band in 18-36 months for terrestrial 5G use should the CBA’s proposal be adopted by the Commission.

Published on April 3, 2019
C-Band Proceeding Fact Sheet: Commitments to Customers

Supporting Material: C-Band Ex Parte Customer Commitment,

The C-Band Alliance’s (CBA) proposal in the FCC’s Mid-Band Proceeding to expand terrestrial use of the 3700-4200 MHz band (“C-band”) would establish a market-based approach to allow the satellite operators to enable terrestrial mobile operations in a portion of the C-band by repacking satellite services into the upper 300 MHz

Published on April 3, 2019
C-Band Ex Parte Customer Commitment

Supporting Material: C-Band Proceeding Fact Sheet: Commitments to Customers,

The C-Band Alliance (“CBA”) is pleased to provide, for the Commission’s and industry’s consideration in the above-referenced proceeding, details on how they propose to protect satellite service quality and reliability for their customers in 300 MHz of spectrum. This proposed commitment results from numerous conversations that CBA members have had with customers to understand their transition needs.

Published on April 2, 2019
C-Band Ex Parte Notice of Ex Parte Meeting GN Docket No. 18-122

Per FCC Rule 1.1206, this letter provides notice that on March 29, 2019, Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat; Steve Collar, President and CEO, SES; Peter Pitsch, Head of Advocacy and Government Relations, C-Band Alliance (“CBA”); and Jennifer Hindin and Gregg Elias of Wiley Rein LLP, counsel to the CBA (together, the “CBA Parties”), met with Chairman Ajit Pai and Aaron Goldberger, legal advisor to Chairman Pai.

Published on March 22, 2019
C-Band Ex Parte Notice of Ex Parte Meeting GN Docket No. 18-122

Per FCC Rule 1.1206, this letter provides notice that on March 20, 2019, Michelle Bryan, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Intelsat; John Purvis, Chief Legal Officer, SES; Bill Tolpegin, Chief Executive Officer of the C-Band Alliance (“CBA”); Peter Pitsch, Consultant for Intel Corporation; and Jennifer Hindin and Gregg Elias of Wiley Rein LLP, counsel to the C-Band Alliance (together, the “CBA Parties”), met with Nicholas Degani, senior counsel to Chairman Pai, and Rachael Bender, wireless and international advisor to Chairman Pai.

Published on March 7, 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.

Published on March 4, 2019
C-Band Further Technical Statement Earth Station Rules

Attached hereto is a Further Technical Statement that provides additional explanation for the technical rules proposed by the C-Band Alliance in its Comments and Reply Comments.

Published on March 1, 2019
C-Band Ex Parte Wireless and International Bureau

Per FCC Rule 1.1206, this letter provides notice that on February 27, 2019, Bill Tolpegin, Chief Executive Officer of the C-Band Alliance (“CBA”); Preston Padden, Head of Advocacy and Government Relations for the CBA; Gary Epstein, Auctionomics; and Paul Milgrom, Auctionomics (by telephone) (collectively “CBA Representatives”) met with the following FCC staff members: Donald Stockdale, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“WTB”); Matthew Pearl, WTB; Blaise Scinto, WTB; Paul Powell, WTB; Becky Schwartz, WTB; Jeffrey Tigner, WTB; Brian Wondrack, WTB; Joyce Jones WTB; Paul Lafontaine, Office of Economics and Analytics (“OEA”), Martha Stancill, OEA; Margaret Weiner, OEA; Eliot Maenner, OEA; Giulia McHenry, OEA; Evan Kwerel, OEA; and Jim Schlichting, International Bureau.

Published on February 27, 2019
C-Band Auctionomics Bureau Meeting

Per FCC Rule 1.1206, this letter provides notice that on February 27, 2019, Bill Tolpegin, Chief Executive Officer of the C-Band Alliance (“CBA”); Preston Padden, Head of Advocacy and Government Relations for the CBA; Gary Epstein, Auctionomics; and Paul Milgrom, Auctionomics (by telephone) (collectively “CBA Representatives”) met with the following FCC staff members: Donald Stockdale, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“WTB”); Matthew Pearl, WTB; Blaise Scinto, WTB; Paul Powell, WTB; Becky Schwartz, WTB; Jeffrey Tigner, WTB; Brian Wondrack, WTB; Joyce Jones WTB; Paul Lafontaine, Office of Economics and Analytics (“OEA”), Martha Stancill, OEA; Margaret Weiner, OEA; Eliot Maenner, OEA; Giulia McHenry, OEA; Evan Kwerel, OEA; and Jim Schlichting, International Bureau.

Published on February 8, 2019
C-Band Ex Parte re Grooming Plans AS FILED

Pursuant to FCC Rule 1.1206, this letter attaches satellite transponder migration plans developed by SES and Intelsat. The plans describe in detail how SES and Intelsat currently plan to accommodate all existing C-band customers in 300 MHz of spectrum.

Published on February 6, 2019
C-Band Ex Parte Comms Act

The C-Band Alliance hereby responds to several recent submissions in the above-captioned proceeding regarding the C-Band Alliance’s proposal that the Commission adopt a Market-Based Approach that would quickly and efficiently expand terrestrial use of spectrum in the C-band Downlink.

Published on January 31, 2019
Notice of Ex Parte Meeting GN Docket No. 18-122

Per FCC Rule 1.1206, this letter provides notice that on January 30, 2019, Bill Tolpegin, Chief Executive Officer of the C-Band Alliance (“CBA”), Preston Padden, Head of Advocacy and Government Relations for the CBA, Steve Corda, Vice President Media Platforms, SES, and Eileen McGowan, Senior Media Project Manager, Intelsat, met with Commissioner Michael O’Rielly and Erin McGrath, legal advisor to Commissioner O’Rielly.

Published on January 22, 2019
Auctionomics Ex Parte

I have been asked by the C-Band Alliance to apply an economic and auction design perspective to review the portion of the above ex parte filing by T-Mobile and related filings that propose an auction process to reassign the band.

Published on December 7, 2018
Technical Annex for Comments in Reply to the C-Band Alliance Proposal

A collection of key technical questions raised in the opening round of comments.

Published on December 7, 2018
Eisenach Reply Declaration

My name is Jeffrey A. Eisenach. I am a Managing Director at NERA Economic Consulting and Co-Chair of NERA’s Communications, Media, and Internet Practice, and also serve on the firm’s Board of Directors. I am also an Adjunct Professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where I teach Regulated Industries, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where I focus on policies affecting the information technology sector.

Published on December 7, 2018
Joint Intel Intelsat SES Reply Comments

Various stakeholders with divergent interests in the future of the C-Band reinforce the spectrum’s “unique characteristics” and the reasons why the Market-Based Approach presents the optimal way to enable terrestrial mobile operations – within 18-36 months of a final FCC Order.

Published on December 7, 2018
C-Band Alliance Reply Fact Sheet

Our proposal to the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) would establish a breakthrough, Market-Based Approach to allow satellite operators to clear frequencies to enable terrestrial mobile operators to access a portion of C-band spectrum. This would accelerate the deployment of next generation 5G services, while critically protecting the wide array of established satellite services and the customers that rely on them. We have provided many details that address the complex issues that arise from clearing up to 200 MHz of spectrum (including a guard band) for terrestrial 5G wireless services.

Published on December 7, 2018
CBA ReplyTechAnnexSummary

In the technical annex to its reply comments, the CBA proposes rules to be adopted by the FCC that will ensure that FSS operations in 3900-4200 MHz are being protected from terrestrial 5G operations in the adjacent 3700-3880 MHz band. The proposed rules are based upon further review and extensive analysis of key technical issues raised in the opening round of comments and discussions of those issues with customers, mobile network operators and 5G equipment providers.

Published on October 29, 2018
C-Band Alliance NPRM Comments

This proceeding provides the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) the unprecedented opportunity to repurpose valuable mid-band spectrum, win the race to 5G, and preserve existing deployment through a voluntary, market-based framework.

Published on October 29, 2018
C-Band Alliance Comment Summary Fact Sheet

Our proposal to the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) would establish a breakthrough, Market-Based Approach to allow satellite operators to clear frequencies to enable terrestrial mobile operators to access a portion of C-band spectrum.

Published on November 5, 2018
How-To-Guide: Registering Receive-Only Antennas

How-to Guide: Registering Receive-Only Antennas

Published on November 1, 2018
C-Band U.S. FCC Registration

Protect Your U.S. C-band Downlink from Potential Future Interference: Register by October 17, 2018 Earth station registration is crucial in order to be considered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for protection from future terrestrial operations.

Published on October 30, 2018
FCC Registration of C-Band Rx-only Earth Stations

The FCC instituted a freeze on applications for new receive-only earth stations in the conventional Cband (3700-4200 MHz) but allowed existing earth stations to be registered until Oct. 17, 2018 (extended from the previous July deadline). The steps for registering a receive-only earth station during this window are as follows:

Published on October 23, 2018
FCC Extends C-Band Downlink Registration Deadline to October, 31 2018

International Bureau Announces Two-Week Extension of Filing Window for Earth Stations Currently Operating in 3.7-4.2 GHZ Band

Published on October 22, 2018
C-Band Alliance Proposal Fact Sheet

The C-Band Alliance (CBA) was formed in October 2018 by the four leading global satellite operators – Intelsat (NYSE: I), SES (Euronext Paris: SESG), Eutelsat (Euronext Paris: ETL) and Telesat. The role of the CBA is to implement the safe and efficient clearing and repurposing of mid‐band spectrum in the U.S., accelerating the deployment of 5G services and innovation, serving all Americans.

Published on October 21, 2018
Non-Disclosure Agreement

C-Band Alliance Nondisclosure Agreement

Published on February 12, 2019
C-Band Ex Parte Pai and Carr

Per FCC Rule 1.1206, this letter provides notice that on February 11, 2019, Bill Tolpegin, Chief Executive Officer of the C-Band Alliance (“CBA”); Preston Padden, Head of Advocacy and Government Relations for the CBA; Steve Corda, Vice President Media Platforms, SES; Eileen McGowan, Senior Media Project Manager, Intelsat; and Peter Pitsch, Consultant for Intel Corporation, met with Chairman Ajit Pai and Rachael Bender, legal advisor to Chairman Pai. Also on February 10, 2019, the same group met with Will Adams, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Brendan Carr.

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