SES: Intelsat’s financial distress is irrelevant to FCC C-band clearing decision

by Peter B. de Selding

LUXEMBOURG — Satellite operator SES, now in open conflict with Intelsat over the division of C-band clearing proceeds from a prospective FCC-managed auction, asked the agency to reject Intelsat’s claim for a larger share as a last-ditch move by a “disgruntled, financially troubled” company.

Intelsat’s financial condition should have no bearing on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) treatment of the C-band clearing process, SES said.

In a Feb. 20 ex parte submission, SES said a study . . .

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