The C-Band Alliance (“CBA”), comprised of the global satellite operators Intelsat (NYSE: I), SES (Euronext Paris: SESG), and Telesat, has responded to an announcement by the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) that he intends to pursue a public auction to clear the satellite spectrum currently licensed to the members of the C-Band Alliance, the company said.
In a statement, the CBA said, “The FCC Chairman´s indication that he intends to pursue a public auction of C-band spectrum is a significant departure from the CBA´s market-based proposal. The announcement does not address the critical involvement of the incumbent satellite operators in executing the complex task of reconfiguring and transitioning their networks. Nor does the announcement address the fundamental modification of the rights afforded by the existing FCC licenses held by the CBA members which would be required under a public auction approach.
“We will continue to work cooperatively with the FCC to develop an effective alternative plan and achieve the best outcome for the American public while protecting the interests of our users and the rights of our companies.”
The repurposing of any C-Band spectrum, and any incentive compensation or cost recovery to be received by CBA members, is contingent upon the terms included in a final FCC order.
The C-Band Alliance, or CBA, is comprised of global satellite operators Intelsat (NYSE: I), SES (Euronext Paris: SESG), and Telesat. The role of the CBA is to implement the safe and efficient clearing and repurposing of C-band spectrum, supporting the United States in its goal of leadership in 5G deployment and innovation. Its breakthrough, market-based proposal to clear spectrum will also protect the quality and reliability of existing C-band services, providing current users certainty and operational integrity. For more information, visit www.C-BandAlliance.com.