On April 19, 2018, the FCC issued a public notice regarding a 90-day opportunity to register existing C Band downlinks. Westwood One is encouraging stations to register within the window, which closes July 18, 2018, so that the FCC is aware of all downlinks in existence before they offer space to mobile broadband data services. The FCC believes that if you don’t register your downlink during this window, you do not need interference protection moving forward.
“In our history, we have never had to license and/or register C Band downlinks,” said Eric Wiler, Westwood One’s SVP Technology and Operations. “Yet with the extensive use of mobile devices, wi-fi, and other data services, there is a constant need for radio spectrum and the government is considering all possible options. All C Band radio, television, and data services on every satellite are at risk. Registration is key to helping the FCC appreciate the universe of existing downlinks and potential outcomes of expansion. Westwood One has been working with other networks and satellite vendors to attempt to resolve this situation.”
Typically, registration requires a Frequency Coordination Study ($1,500) plus a $435 filing fee. During the 90-day window, the FCC waived the first fee and only the $435 filing fee applies. You may register using FCC Form 312, using the paper form, online at http://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs , or engage a third party to assist you. Satellite Engineering Group is a third-party resource and can be reached at (913) 375-1114.