The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has extended the deadline for incumbent earth station operators to elect to receive a lump-sum reimbursement for costs associated with expanding flexible use of the 3.7 to 4.2 gigahertz band.
The bureau had set an Aug. 31 deadline last month, along with an announcement of the lump sum amounts available to incumbent fixed satellite service (FSS) earth station operators. The Society of Broadcast Engineers requested an extension of the election deadline to Sept. 30, but in its GN docket 18-122 and IB docket 20-205 order adopted today, the bureau only extended the deadline to Sept. 14.
“We believe that extending the lump sum election deadline to September 14, 2020, will serve the public interest by providing incumbent earth station operators with additional time to make informed decisions about their lump sum elections and to gather the information necessary to make the required submissions. The public interest would not, however, be served by extending the election deadline beyond September 14, 2020. Auction 107 is scheduled to begin on December 8, 2020, and applicants for 3.7 GHz licenses are required to submit short-form applications to participate in Auction 107 on or before 6:00 PM ET on September 22. Satellite operators, meanwhile, need to know which stations will select lump sum payments as they prepare to transition their operations into the 4.0-4.2 GHz band,” the bureau said. —Lynn Stanton, [email protected]
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