The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Friday on a controversial plan to pay satellite companies to free up key mid-frequency segments for 5G use,media reported. The agency approved the auction and tender procedures by a vote of 3 to 2.
While the Democratic committee agreed on the need for more valuable mid-frequency segments to promote the development and deployment of 5G in the United States, they criticized the Republican-led agency for overstepping its authority at auction sending satellite providers with multibillion-dollar incentives to remove their early bands.
It is reported that the C-band auction is the FCC’s latest move to release more bands for 5G networks. The agency has been under pressure to provide more so-called mid-frequency segments, which are crucial to the deployment of 5G because it will allow signaltransmissions to travel farther than the 5G UHF spectrum that the FCC has auctioned off.
The plan would require the FCC to pay satellite companies between $3 billion and $5 billion in compensation. But the most controversial part of the plan should be a plan to pay satellite providers $9.7 billion to speed up their departure from the C-band.