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FCC to Vote on C-Band Auction Procedures in August
« on: July 24, 2020, 1607 UTC »

FCC to Vote on C-Band Auction Procedures in August
Chairman says FCC decision not to wait around for Congress is paying off

    John Eggerton
    Jul 15, 2020

The FCC will vote at its August meeting on the final framework for its December C-Band satellite spectrum auction.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai blogged the news, suggesting the FCC was getting the spectrum freed up for 5G to help win the race to that new wireless tech, contrasting that to Congress. "Thatís why we rejected calls to do literally nothing until Congress passed a law on the subject," he said, adding: "(breaking news: it still hasnít)."

In February, the FCC voted to free up 280 MHz in the lower portion of the band for auction to wireless carriers for terrestrial 5G and proposed an auction framework on which it sought comment.

The C-band is the midband spectrum currently used by satellite operators to deliver network programming to broadcasters and cable operators. The auction is the FCC's latest move to free up spectrum for 5G. The commission is under pressure to free up more midband, 5G "beachfront," spectrum given its recent focus on high-band spectrum.

Related: FCC Rejects Second Petition to Stay C-Band Order

The FCC is providing accelerated payments for satellite operators who have agreed to exit the spectrum early, and will pay earth station operators for their repack, either based on their actual costs or on a lump sum beforehand.

"Today, I circulated final draft procedures for a C-band auction to be held on Dec. 8, 2020, and we will vote on them at our August meeting," said Pai. "They spell out the many details of the auction ó competitive bidding procedures, application requirements, and deadlines governing participation in Auction 107. To spur the deployment of ultra-fast, world-leading 5G networks, we need to make C-band spectrum (among other spectrum bands) available as quickly as possible. If the Commission adopts this plan to launch this auction in December, barely nine months after adopting rules, thatís exactly what weíll be doing."

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Re: FCC to Vote on C-Band Auction Procedures in August
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2020, 1800 UTC »
Well, the lower the FREQ's for 5G, the better, since I understood that the initial proposals were to have 5G anywhere from 24GHz to over 62GHz, with emitters from every few hundred feet, just bathing us in microwave RF in the millimeter region. So, I say the lower in FREQ's for that, the better. That said, I still believe that 5G will not penetrate where I am. Especially, with Summer foliage.
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