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FCC Registration or Licensing of C-Band Antenna

Written on 26 Apr 2018

On April 19, 2018, the FCC issued a public notice imposing a temporary freeze on applications to add or modify fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth station licenses, receive-only registrations and fixed microwave licenses in the 3.7 – 4.2 GHz frequency band. At the same time, the FCC created a 90-day window during which operators of existing FSS stations in that band can register or license a station that is currently in use. The window provides a limited opportunity for current earth station operators to be entered into the FCC’s database, providing the FCC with more complete and accurate information on existing earth stations. The FCC will use this information in considering whether and how to allow other services to use this band.

The freeze does not affect applications to renew or cancel current earth station authorizations, or to correct location data regarding earth station licenses and registrations. But the 90-day window only applies to stations that were constructed and operational as of the April 19 public notice, and the window closes on July 18, 2018.

The FCC acknowledged concerns raised by the satellite industry regarding the burdens and costs associated with the existing registration framework, including the need for a coordination report. In response, the public notice introduces a temporary waiver of the coordination report requirement. Removing this requirement reduces the cost of registering from ~$1100 per earth station, to solely the $435 FCC application fee.

The FCC notes that it may choose to take into account only registered or licensed stations for interference protection from new services in the band. As a result, it is important to ensure that stations that have been operating but not registered be submitted in this 90-day filing window. We have argued that the FCC must protect existing use of the band, including for reception of audio and video signals, but protection against interference likely will be non-existent for stations not entered into FCC’s records during this filing window.

We have attached instructions and a template for preparing the FCC Form 312 Main Form used in the registration process (Click here). If you want additional information, please contact any of the SES personnel below: 

Kimberly Baum


[email protected]

Petra Vorwig


[email protected]

Will Lewis


[email protected]

Karis Hastings


[email protected]

Written on 26 Apr 2018


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