Re: Life or death for satellite operators
Considering no one paid the FCC for C band spectrum allowing private companies to treat it as an asset they own and can sell to a business for a different purpose is ridiculous, IMHO.
If they want to reallocate spectrum, they do it like they did TV spectrum. The FCC sells it and collects all the revenue, then a small portion of that revenue is provided to the incumbent users to pay their costs for vacating it (buying new encoders for their customers to use more efficient HEVC compression in the case of C band, buying new emitters on different channel numbers in the case of TV)
If this causes Intelsat to go bankrupt, too bad for them. They obviously aren't a viable business if they have a negative net worth and can only claim positive net worth based on the value of C band spectrum the government provided for free.