FCC approves C-band clearing with up to $9.7 billion for satellite operators despite litigation, bankruptcy, Congressional overrule risk

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — A divided U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a proposal to pay satellite operators up to $9.7 billion in incentive payments to clear 300 MHz of C-band within three years of a planned December auction to 5G terrestrial operators.

The commission’s 3-2 vote on Feb. 28, with Chairman Ajit Pai breaking the tie, came despite concerns that one or more satellite operators, unhappy with the deal’s terms, may go to court to stop the proceeding.

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, who . . .

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