FCC’s O’Rielly presses on satellite C-band sharing, warns ITU: Reform or risk U.S. withdrawal

by Peter B. de Selding

LOS ANGELES — Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, in remarks that likely will provide a tailwind to the Intelsat-Intel spectrum-sharing proposal, reasserted the FCC’s determination to open up C-band spectrum reserved for satellites to allow terrestrial 5G wireless applications.

O’Rielly also raised the threat of a U.S. withdrawal from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN affiliate that regulates global wireless radio spectrum and satellite orbital slots.

“The ITU needs a fundamental overhaul,” O’Rielly said in an address to a 5G Americas . . .

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