U.S. FCC Spectrum Clearing

Migration of Incumbent Earth Stations

In the United States, earth station operations in the 3700-4000 MHz band in the lower 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia (“CONUS”) are being transitioned to the 4000-4200 MHz band and will no longer be entitled to interference protection in the 3700-4000 MHz band in the future. Licensed or registered fixed or temporary fixed earth stations operating in CONUS that at present are entitled to receive interference protection in the 3700-4000 MHz band (“Incumbent Earth Stations”) are required to migrate these operations to the 4000-4200 MHz band.

Telesat is responsible for the migration of Incumbent Earth Stations whose operations are associated with Telesat’s satellites unless the licensees or registrants of those Incumbent Earth Stations elect to receive a lump sum payment for such migration from the United States Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). (Elections to receive lump sum payments must be filed with the FCC by August 31, 2020.)

If you are the licensee or a registrant of an Incumbent Earth Station that has not and will not be electing to accept a lump sum payment from the FCC for migrating to the 4000-4200 MHz and your operations are associated with a Telesat satellite, and if you have not already been in communication with Telesat to arrange for the migration of your operations, please visit our Contact Page immediately and select U.S. Earth Station Submission from the drop down contact reason where you may provide the following information:

  1. Earth station owner/operator
  2. Contact Information
  3. For each antenna looking at a Telesat satellites:
    1. FCC Licensee Name
    2. FCC Registration/License File Number;
    3. FCC Call Sign;
    4. FCC Site ID;
    5. FCC antenna identifier if Site ID has duplicate antennas.

If you have several Earth Stations to register, you may leverage this Excel Spreadsheet template, fill out and submit to info@telesat.com with the subject line addressed as “U.S. Earth Station Submission.”

Even if you do not have all of this information and/or are unsure whether your earth station would be deemed to be an Incumbent Earth Station associated with Telesat’s satellites, please contact Telesat at info@telesat.com for further information.