Pai Takes Heat from Sen. Kennedy Over C-Band Payments

(Image credit: FCC) WASHINGTON—FCC chair Ajit Pai got some tough, but not surprising, grilling on the C-Band auction at a Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee hearing Tuesday (June 16).  He testified in person, sporting a mask (see above) though not wearing it while testifying. Leading the charge was Financial Services and General Government chairman Sen. John Kennedy (R-La. ), one of the harshest critics of the FCC decision to give satellite companies close to $10 billion in incentive payments to exit the spectrum by 2021 and 2023 instead of the 2025 deadline the FCC set.  The FCC Democrats opposed the incentive payments.

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