Securing United States leadership in 5G is a national priority. … And today, we adopt an Order, which will help deliver 5G services to consumers across our country and promote our global leadership.
5G’s economic impact potential per the FCC’s 3.7-4.2 GHz Band Report and Order.
Report & Order
In its 3.7-4.2 GHz Band Report and Order (FCC 20-22, “R&O”), the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) established procedures to relocate existing operations into the upper part of the C-band spectrum, “while fully reimbursing existing operators for the costs of this relocation and offering accelerated relocation payments to encourage a speedy transition” (R&O, para. 21).
Relocation Payment Clearinghouse
The C-band is a 500 megahertz (“MHz”) segment of spectrum from 3.7 to 4.2 gigahertz (“GHz”), which is now mostly used by fixed satellite companies to provide content to video and audio broadcasters, cable systems, and other content distributors.
The FCC is requiring that incumbent licensees within the C-band clear existing services from the lower 300 MHz of the C-band (3.7–4.0 GHz), making it available for flexible use for wireless services. Existing satellite operations will be repacked and move into the upper 200 MHz of the band (4.0–4.2 GHz). Incumbent space station operators, incumbent earth station operators, and incumbent Fixed Service licensees will transition out of the 3.7–4.0 GHz band and will be reimbursed for their reasonable relocation costs.
Planned structure of the C-band after the completion of the Relocation Program.
C-Band Relocation TimeLine
Mar 3, 2020 – Dec 5, 2025
MAR 3, 2020
FCC Releases Report and Order
OCT 22, 2020
Relocation Payment Clearinghouse selection confirmed by FCC
OCT 28, 2020
Deadline for SSOs to file updated Transition Plans
DEC 8, 2020
Auction 107 Begins
DEC 5, 2021
Phase I Accelerated Relocation Deadline
DEC 5, 2023
Phase II Accelerated Relocation Deadline
DEC 5, 2025
C-band Relocation Deadline to Complete all Relocation Activities
Resources & Reporting
If you have questions regarding the C-band Relocation program, contact the RPC.