One of the FCC’s key Commissioners, Michael O’Rielly, last week delivered a strong message that appears to be supportive of the C-Band Alliance’s plans for restructuring satellite bandwidth over the US.
The comments appeared to be favourable.
“I am cautiously optimistic on what I have been hearing regarding the C-Band, different conversations occurring, internal and external, and conversatio0ns I have had. I have found the process has a little momentum than maybe it had in the past. I think that is a good thing. Partied are trying to work things out rather than get their backs up. I think that is generally productive and I am hopeful it will lead to a conclusion in the very near future to get us to the point when we could then auction depending on how the issues are designed,” said O’Rielly.
“As I said before, I think the decision to reallocate the C-band is pretty much concluded. Pretty much everyone agrees we are going to reallocate a portion of that. It becomes a question of how much, when and what is the mechanism. I think those conversations are continuing,” he added.