The 3.7-4.2 GHz band, commonly called the C-Band, is presently used for transmitting signals between satellites and satellite earth stations in the fixed-satellite service (“FSS”). In support of the FCC’s ongoing study about whether to repurpose for other services some or all of the spectrum in this band, the agency is collecting data about current usage of these frequencies. The Commission ordered satellite and earth station owners to provide certifications about their operations in an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 18-91) in Docket 18-122, released in July of last year. However, this information collection requirement was not approved by the Office of Management and Budget until January and only became effective on January 28. The Commission’s International Bureau, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and Office of Engineering and Technology have now jointly issued a Public Notice (DA 19-278), setting May 28 as the deadline for updating and certifying the accuracy of the earth station data on file in the Commission’s records.
Operators of FSS earth stations in the C-Band that are licensed or registered in the FCC’s International Bureau Filing System (“IBFS”), including temporary-fixed or transportable earth stations (such as a station on a satellite news-gathering truck) must certify the accuracy of all information reflected in their licenses or registrations in IBFS. The certification must include the applicant’s or registrant’s name, the call sign(s), file number(s), along with the following signed statement:
“The undersigned, individually and for the applicant,
licensee or registrant, hereby certifies that all information
reflected in his or her licenses or registrations in IBFS,
including any attached exhibits, are true, complete and
correct to the best of his or her knowledge and belief, and
have been made in good faith.”
The Commission conducted a filing window from April 19, 2018, to October 31, 2018, for the owners of earth stations to request new or modified licenses or registrations. Except for the need to update their filings in cases where changes have occurred since the earlier submission, earth station owners who filed during that filing window are exempt from this current certification mandate.
Operators of temporary-fixed or transportable FSS C-Band earth stations that are licensed or authorized in IBFS must also provide the following additional information,
regardless of when they were licensed or registered:
• Earth station call sign (or IBFS file number if registration
• Address where the equipment is typically stored;
• The area within which the equipment is typically used;
• Frequency (as in “how often” rather than spectrum) and
duration of use;
• Number of transponders typically used in the 3.7-4.2 GHz
band, and extent of use on both uplink and downlink; and
• Licensee/registrant and contact information.
All required information is to be submitted electronically online in IBFS, at
using the “Pleadings and Comments” link. Fixed, temporary fixed, and transportable earth station owners must file certifications as
a pleading type “C-Band certification” for each call sign. Temporary fixed and transportable earth station owners must file the additional data requested above using the pleading type “Other” for each call sign.