NAB Urges FCC To Reallocate 200 MHz Of C-Band Spectrum

On August 7, the NAB urged the FCC to move without delay in reallocating 200 MHz of C-band spectrum (between 3.7 and 4.3 GHz) for terrestrial wireless service. The broadcast association also asked the FCC to bar shared use of the portion of C-band spectrum not reallocated to wireless use.  The NAB said that if the FCC “caves to unreasonable and unjustified pressure” it will put the “backbone of our nation’s audio and video content delivery system” in jeopardy.

The comments, filed in response to an FCC Public Notice on how the FCC should proceed in reallocating C-band spectrum for 5G use, also pointed out that further delays will “give oxygen” to proposals that “are out of touch with reality.”

Case in point is a proposal from ACA Connects—America’s Communications Association—and others that NAB said seeks to use the C-band proceeding as a means to achieve economic and competitive advantages, said NAB.

Those include compensation for earth stations, payment to install fiber to replace C-band distribution, the go-ahead to charge content providers for fiber distribution in lieu of C-band services and long-term leverage enabling them to raise future rates, said NAB.