In late February, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order to auction and make available 280 megahertz of mid-band spectrum in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band or “C-band” for flexible use, including next-generation 5G services. In doing so, the FCC emphasized that making a wide swath of mid-band spectrum available for 5G through a public auction will help the United States maintain its current leadership in the global race to 5G. Under the Report and Order, certain incumbents – space station operators – will be able to receive accelerated relocation payments totaling $9.7 billion if they commit to, and succeed in, clearing the spectrum early. Michael Carlson, Deputy General Counsel for Administrative Law at the FCC, will discuss the Report and Order, as well as the FCC’s overall approach to leading the world in 5G.
Michael Carlson, Deputy General Counsel for Administrative Law, Federal Communications Commission
Moderator: Danielle Thumann, Associate Attorney, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP