Register Your C-Band Satellite Receiver Now!

On April 19, 2018, the FCC issued a temporary freeze on applications for new or modified fixed satellite service earth stations and fixed microwave stations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band and announced a 90-day window to file applications to register or license earth stations that are currently operating in that band. Registering your system provides usage information to the FCC as it seeks to potentially create new broadband opportunities for the 3.7-4.2 GHz band. 

In August of 2017, the FCC released a Notice of Inquiry entitled “Expanding Flexible Use in Mid-Band Spectrum Between 3.7 and 24 GHz” (NOI) which sought comment on frequency bands that could potentially support increased flexible broadband uses, including the 3.7-4.2 GHz band. Responses to the NOI questioned whether the Commission’s information about use of the band was complete and encouraged the FCC to identify unregistered earth stations before making changes to the operations permitted in the band. 

During the freeze, which became effective April 19, 2018, the International Bureau will dismiss applications or portions of applications for new earth stations, new receive-only earth station registrations, and modifications to earth stations currently authorized to operate in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band. An exception to the freeze is a 90-day window to register or license existing earth stations that have been constructed or operational as of April 19, which are unregistered or unlicensed. During this period, the International Bureau has granted a temporary waiver of the frequency coordination requirement in order to encourage more participation.

Under Part 25 of the Commission’s rules, applicants for earth station licenses and registrations must file FCC Form 312 Main Form, complete Form 312 Schedule B, remit the statutory application filing fee, and provide any additional information required by applicable rules. Applications must be filed electronically through IBFS at http:// http://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs. A word of warning – the registration process is not for the faint of heart, and if you have a number of sites to register, start the process now. If you need assistance, please contact EWA.

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