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FCC to auction C-band spectrum next year, in blow to satellite providers

The US telecoms regulator, the FCC, is close to a final plan for the C-Band spectrum, which would give the country’s MNOs access to much-needed midband airwaves. But it seems likely to disappoint the satellite operators which occupy the band, and chairman Ajit Pai has not even made it clear whether they will receive any money from the auction, now planned for late 2020. The plan is to auction 280 MHz of C-Band spectrum in 3.7-4.2 GHz by the end of next year. Pai tweeted: “After much deliberation and a thorough review of the extensive record, I’ve concluded that the best way to advance these principles is through a public auction of 280 megahertz of the C-band conducted by the…

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