The Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, filed comments on Oct. 29, 2018, with the FCC in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking (FCC 18-91), released July 13, 2018. That notice sought comment on various proposals for transitioning all or part of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band for flexible use, terrestrial mobile spectrum, and explores options for more efficient and intensive fixed use of the same band, all while protecting incumbent C-Band satellite earth stations from harmful interference.
The SBE comments constitute a counterproposal that offers a reasonable alternative to dividing the 3.7-4.2 GHz band, a reverse auction, or other action that would not protect incumbent C-band receive-only earth stations. The SBE suggests that, given the huge number of C-band registrations since the opening of the window (now reportedly greater than 16,000), the FCC’s initial premise that the C-Band could be shared with 5G as an overlay was simply wrong.
Recognizing that the European 5G proposal is 3.4-3.8 GHz, and since that offers 1 MHz of overlap with the U.S. proposal, the U.S, should adopt the European allocation, put the commercial broadband providers in the 3.4-3.7 GHz band and use the small overlap segment with C-band for local, private 5G networks critical for next-generation manufacturing and industrial applications. That is actually workable with C-band in the 100 MHz overlap segment. It leaves the vast majority of the spectrum, 3.8-4.2 GHz, intact with no 5G.
In contrast to other proposals, nothing is lost for current C-band users with the SBE plan. 5G moves into military radar spectrum, which was already designated years ago for broadband reallocation as part of the National Broadband Plan.
Read the SBE filing.
In a public notice, the FCC announced a two-week extension, through Oct. 31, 2018, to the filing window for fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations currently operating in the 3.7-4.2 GHz frequency band (C-Band) announced previously in Public Notice DA 18-398 on April 19, 2018.
The FCC previously announced that the C-Band filing window would close on Oct. 17, 2018. Due to the large influx of applications filed near the mid-October deadline, the International Bureau Filing System (IBFS), which handles the registration, experienced intermittent difficulties that have prevented some applicants from filing for license or registration. Because of this, the filing window has been extended for an additional two weeks.
The Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, held its National Meeting Oct. 2 and 3 in Danvers, MA, in conjunction with the Media Resource Expo. Among the events during those two days, the SBE Board of Directors met, and the SBE held its annual Membership Meeting.
At the Membership Meeting on Oct. 3, the 2018-2019 officers and directors were sworn in to begin their new terms. (The results of the SBE election were announced on Aug. 23.) SBE President Jim Leifer, CPBE, also announced his committee chair appointments for the coming year, which were reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting on Oct. 2. The committee chair assignments follow.
||Tom McGinley, CPBE, AMD, CBNT
||Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB
||Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE
||Mark Fehlig, CPBE, 8-VSB
||Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE
||Troy Pennington, CSRE, CBNT
||Roswell Clark, CPBE, CBNT
||R.J. Russell, CPBE
||Kevin Trueblood, CBRE, CBNT
||Charles W. Kelly Jr.
||Steve Brown, CPBE, CBNT
||Kimberly K. Sacks, CBT
||Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT
||Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO
||Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE
||Stephen H. Lampen, CBRE
||Shane Toven, CBRE, CBNT
On the committee assignments, President Leifer said, “We have a wide range of talent and skills represented by our committee chairs. I look forward to working with all of them in the coming year to further the goals of the SBE and enact the plans being laid following our strategic planning conference held earlier this year.”
The national board of directors of the SBE is responsible for the development of policy and determines the programs and services the society provides to its more than 5,000 members.