FCC Publishes 3.7-4.2 GHz Order in the Federal Register

Updated: Oct 22, 2018

On July 12, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) adopted an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Order” and “NPRM”) in the July Open Meeting seeking to expand flexible use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz Band (“3.7 GHz Band” or “C-Band”) (GN Docket No. 18-122). The Order seeks to collect additional information on earth and space stations operating in the C-Band in order to enable the Commission to make informed decisions about the scope of future uses of the band, and appropriate methodology for transferring all or part of the band for mobile services. The NPRM seeks comment on proposals to promote more spectrum efficient and intensive fixed use of the band on a shared basis and on various aspects of incumbent use in the band, and encourages comments analyzing the cost and benefits of any proposed approach.

On August 20, 2018, the Commission published the Order in the Federal Register, therefore establishing the following effective date:

The certification requirements are effective August 20, 2018, except for the Earth Station and Space Station Information Collections (¶ 7-12) which require OMB approval and will be published in the Federal Register at a later date.

On August 29, 2018, the Commission published the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register therefore establishing the following comment dates:

Comments are due October 29, 2018.

Reply Comments are due November 27, 2018.

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