FCC Agrees to Study Interoperable 700MHz
The Federal Communications Commission today said that it will move forward with a notice of proposed rulemaking about interoperability in the 700MHz bands. It will explore "the potential for harmful interference to Lower 700MHz B and C Block operations if the Lower 700MHz Band were interoperable and whether, if such interference exists, it can be reasonably mitigated." The course of action follows a request made by T-Mobile USA and others who believe that interoperable 700MHz spectrum will lead to better roaming deals and services for consumers. The FCC is also going to investigate rules for flexible terrestrial use of spectrum currently assigned to the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) in the 2GHz band. Exploring these options may help increase the availability of wireless services to Americans.
AT&T Trudges Forward with 700MHz Interoperability
AT&T recently told the FCC where it stands with respect to interoperability in the 700MHz band and said it is making good progress. At issue is phones' abilities to roam between several different bands within the 700MHz A Block slice of airwaves, specifically Band 17 and Band 12.
AT&T and Pine Cellular Seek to Swap Spectrum Leases
AT&T and Pine Cellular have asked the FCC for permission to lease one another's spectrum. AT&T wants to snag a leased license in the Lower 700MHz B Block in parts of Arkansas from Pine.
FCC Lays Groundwork for Defining 5G Spectrum
The FCC today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to define the spectrum rules that may help form 5G networks in the U.S. It designated four new bands to be studied for 5G.
T-Mobile Turns On 700MHz Service in Miami
T-Mobile today said LTE is now available on its Band 12 700MHz spectrum throughout the greater Miami area. T-Mobile is marketing such service as "Extended Range LTE" thanks to the signal propagation characteristics of 700MHz, which travels farther distances and penetrates buildings more easily.