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Aug. 31 Deadline Looms for C-Band Reimbursement

- FCC Releases Cost Schedule

Texas broadcasters with C-Band earth station licenses have until Aug. 31 to advise the FCC how they want to be reimbursed for their licenses as the Commission continues its process of clearing 280 MHz of spectrum for use by wireless services. Existing licensees must be relocated to the remaining 200 MHz of the band and can see just how much they stand to be reimbursed in a cost schedule released by the FCC.

Attorney Lee Petro with TAB’s FCC law firm, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, notes that licensees can choose a lump sum payment or seek reimbursement for their actual relocation costs.

“Earth station licensees that elect to receive lump sum payments can use these funds to either relocate to the 4000-4200 MHz band or acquire alternative technology, such as fiber,” Petro said.

“The Commission has made clear that eligible earth station licensees will be able to seek a lump sum payment for each antenna that is specifically identified and included on their earth station license registration.”

Petro provides more insights, including the final list of eligible licensees, the cost schedule, and instructions on how to submit reimbursement preferences to the Commission in a recent blog post.

C-Band Relocation Guidance

Questions? Contact TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.

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