FCC Agrees to Test Shared Use of 1755-1780MHz Spectrum
The Federal Communications Commission today authorized testing of the 1755MHz to 1780MHz bands to explore if it might be reallocated from use by the federal government to use by the general public. The move follows a recommendation made earlier this year by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that suggested the government might be able to share that spectrum block with consumers. "The Commission hopes to facilitate commercial mobile broadband services in [the 1755-1780MHz] band," said FCC chair Julius Genachowski, "which would significantly benefit millions of U.S. wireless consumers and help drive the mobile innovation economy. As we move forward, we will continue to collaborate closely with key government agencies, including NTIA and the Department of Defense, as well as private sector partners, to gain greater spectrum efficiency and unlock the many potential benefits of government-commercial spectrum sharing." The block is currently used by certain government agencies. The FCC and other government organizations, including the Obama administration, are looking at various ways to recover up to 500MHz of spectrum for use with mobile broadband services.
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