C-Band Relocation Payment Clearinghouse Announcement

From Gregg Skall, Telecommunications Law Professionals, PLLC

The C-Band Relocation Payment Clearinghouse has announced dates for the following activities:

  • February 22, 2021 – Launch of the Clearinghouse’s website at cbandrpc.com.
  • April 1, 2021 – Publication of the Clearinghouse’s handbook providing claims and process guidance.
  • May 14, 2021 – The Clearinghouse’s technology platform will be ready to start accepting claims.

These dates are subject to change.

As a reminder, the Clearinghouse is responsible for overseeing the cost-related aspects of the C-Band transition, including: (1) collecting from all incumbent space station operators and all incumbent earth station operators a showing of their relocation costs for the transition, as well as a demonstration of the reasonableness of those costs; (2) apportioning costs among overlay licensees and distributing payments to incumbent space station operators, incumbent earth station operators, and appropriate surrogates of those parties that incur compensable costs; (3) resolving disputes regarding cost estimates or payments that may arise during the transition; and (4) providing the detailed information and reports to the FCC and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to facilitate oversight of the transition process.