C-Band Registration Costs – Deadline Tomorrow!

As we have mentioned before, most stations use C-Band earth stations to receive radio and TV network programming. The FCC is proposing to have you share C-Band spectrum with new 5 G broadband systems.  If you want to be protected from interference from new 5 G broadband systems, you need to register your earth station by October 17, 2018.

Earth Station registration is crucial in order to be considered by the FCC for protection from future operations.  Let the FCC know where your earth station is located by either:

  • Certifying that any registrations made prior to April 19, 2018 are accurate, or
  • Registering all unregistered C-band earth stations

While the FCC has reduced the costs of registering a C-Band dish, it is still expensive. (see story in engineering section)

SES is offering to reimburse the costs of stations associated with registering a C-Band earth station with the FCC.  SES is a private company that plans to use the C-Band for 5 G operations.  It is in its best interest to have stations register their earth stations to avoid future interference.

THERE ARE SOME LIMITATIONS ON SES’s REIMBURSEMENT PROPOSAL.  Read the proposal carefully to see if you qualify.  Here is the information about the reimbursement program sent to us by SES:

SES is here to help!

1. Email SES anytime with any questions: FCCregistration@ses.com

2. Website with instructions and forms: https://www.ses.com/fcc-registration-or-licensing-c-band-antenna

3. Twitter: @SES_NAMP and @SES_Satellites

4. Phone line that reaches directly to an SES Regulatory contact for any questions a member may have about registration: 609-987-4300

5. Reimbursement by SES may be available to U.S. C-band Earth Station operators that submit new registrations for C-band antennas operating in the contiguous United States (i.e., cable systems, radio broadcasters, video broadcasters, DTH providers, video programmers, MVPDs, etc.; not in Hawaii and Alaska), subject to the following conditions: (i) proof of submission of the FCC registration fee must be submitted to FCCregistration@ses.com by October 31, 2018; (ii) only new registrations submitted between July 25, 2018 and October 17, 2018 are eligible for reimbursement; (iii) reimbursement is limited to the registration fee of $435 per Earth Station; and (iv) reimbursement is at all times subject to the availability of appropriate funds by SES. No other charges or costs will be reimbursed by SES.  Operators’ eligibility is not dependent on the size of their operations, but our goal is to assist those for whom the cost of the fee is a barrier to registration.

6. In order to be considered eligible for reimbursement, according to the information in bullet #5 above, please attach and send your confirmation of payment from the FCC to FCCregistration@ses.com. Once received, it will be checked to determine eligibility status.  If eligible, it will be reimbursed.  We are currently working on the method of reimbursement and will keep you updated.  Please note that SES may request a W-9 from your company in order to process the reimbursement. We thank you in advance for your patience.  If you are not eligible for reimbursement for any reason, we will notify you.

7. For operators with, or entities serving, large numbers of earth stations at geographically diverse sites (more than 25 sites), please contact FCCregistration@ses.com to discuss a method for doing so using a batch filing approach.


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