Tuesday, December 11, 2012

FCC Approves Changes to AWS-4 Spectrum Requirements

The FCC voted unanimously to approve an order that frees up 40 MHz of underutilized satellite spectrum for land-based mobile broadband, including 4G LTE.  The decision removes regulatory barriers that limited this spectrum to satellite use.

The FCC said its action balances technical requirements and will unlock value in both the AWS-4 band and the 10 MHz H Block.

DISH issued a statement supporting the action.  “The FCC has removed outdated regulations and granted terrestrial flexibility for most of the AWS-4 band. We appreciate the hard work and focus of the FCC and its staff throughout this process. The Commission has taken an important step toward facilitating wireless competition and innovation, and fulfilling the goals of the National Broadband Plan. Following a more thorough review of the order and its technical details, DISH will consider its strategic options and the optimal approach to put this spectrum to use for the benefit of consumers,” stated Jeff Blum, DISH senior vice president and deputy general counsel.

The FCC also unanimously approved a proposal setting the stage for an auction of the H
Block in 2013. Proceeds from this auction will help fund a nationwide Public Safety Network for first responders and reduce the deficit.


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