Intelsat SA and other satellite providers would share as much as $14.9 billion under a proposal from federal regulators to compensate them for giving up airwaves in an auction to wireless companies.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday a plan that would provide $9.7 billion in compensation to Intelsat, SES SA and other companies if they hit deadlines for leaving the airwaves quickly, and another $3.3 billion to $5.2 billion to pay for costs of making the switch.
The satellite companies have proposed giving up part of the airwaves they use to beam TV and radio programs to stations, and to continue serving customers on airwaves they retain. The swath at issue is known as the C-band, and regulators are eager to free it to carry traffic for fast new 5G networks.
According to Wikipedia, C-band uses 3.7 to 4.2 GHz RF bands for downlinks, and 5.925 to 6.425 GHz for uplinks. Your typical Wi-Fi router operates in the 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz range. So, in terms of 5G health effects, things should remain relatively minor while giving 5G wireless providers greater coverage via satellite. Note true, full-powered 5G uses millimeter waves in the 24 GHz to 72 GHz range. This is where the fast speeds live that will allow someone to download an HD movie in a matter of seconds. But some believe exposure to these millimeter waves are very dangerous to both people and the environment. Anyway, this will definitely get the masses excited and buy up 5G phones to radiate themselves with. It will also usher in a new dawn where the “Internet of Things” (IoT) will be able to communicate with its corporate headquarters without needing to piggyback on your home network.
Side note: the FCC plans to do this without congressional approval, as stated in the article, using your tax dollars.
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