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US senator bemoans FCC opinion on CBA

September 30, 2019

By Chris Forrester

Senator John Kennedy (Rep) is complaining about the Federal Communications Commission’s indications that it could allow the C-Band Alliance (CBA) to auction off its satellite spectrum.

Kennedy has instead called for a public auction of the C-band frequencies.

“A public auction of c-band spectrum ensures taxpayers reap the benefits of the sale rather than foreign-owned satellite companies,” the Republican senator said in a Tweet, adding that a public auction would guarantee a return for taxpayers.”

Last week FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly made it clear that he – at least – was relaxed about the CBA’s auction plan, saying: “In the end, my primary concern is getting the C-band reallocation done as expeditiously and thoughtfully as possible so it can advance the US 5G efforts. If someone or some entities make a profit for being in the right place at the right time, I will live with that outcome.”

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