FCC Okays C-Band Repack Money Clearinghouse

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Public accounting firm CohnReznick will be the payment clearinghouse for the 3.7-4.2 GHz band repack reimbursements. The firm, along with its subcontractors Squire Patton Boggs LLP and Intellicom Technologies, Inc., satisfied the FCC’s criteria.

To make the selection, the Commission appointed a search committee of nine entities the agency found represented the interest of stakeholders impacted by the clearing of the lower portion of the C-band. They are: Intelsat License LLC, SES Americom, Inc., Eutelsat S.A., NAB, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, American Cable Association, CTIA, Competitive Carriers Association, and Wireless Internet Service Providers Association. 

The lower portion of the band is due to be auctioned for wireless use. The auction is slated to begin this December. Incumbents will be repacked into the upper portion of the C-band.

The Commission specified the duties of the Clearinghouse, including:

(1) collecting from incumbent space station and earth station operators their relocation costs for the repack, as well as a demonstration of the reasonableness of those costs;

(2) apportioning costs among licensees and distributing payments to incumbent space station and earth station operators, and appropriate surrogates of those parties that incur compensable costs;

(3) resolving disputes regarding cost estimates or payments; and

(4) providing detailed information and reports to facilitate FCC oversight of the repack.

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