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NAB Points to C-Band Moving Cost Underestimates

Broadcasters have advised the FCC not to finalize its cost catalog for reimbursable C-Band moving expenses until broadcasters have vetted satellite operator transition plans and to be prepared for COVID-19-related boosts in those expenses.   The FCC is freeing up 280 MHz of C-Band spectrum for auction to wireless broadband operators for 5G and moving incumbent users, including broadcast and cable operators, in the process. It is paying those moving expenses out of proceeds from the auction of that 280 MHz.   The FCC asked for comment on its initial catalog of covered moving costs and the National Association of Broadcasters had plenty to say, including asking the FCC to seek further comment once it revises the catalog to reflect input it is getting now.   That input includes NAB's argument that the range of costs for integrated receiver/decoders (IRDS)--$5,000-$35,000--should actually be in the millions of dollars, though it said that might be a mistake.   Then there is the cost range for uplink costs ($275,000-$1.

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