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.
Senators Revive Wireless Innovation Act
A quintet of Senators recently re-introduced the Wireless Innovation Act of 2015, which asks the federal government to find 200 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband. The act was sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio, Roger Wicker, Kelly Ayotte, Cory Gardner, and Ron Johnson.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.
FCC Agrees to Open 3.5GHz for Wireless Service
The FCC today voted unanimously to approve a Report and Order that will free up 150MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The idea had been floated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last month.
Sprint to Sit Out AWS-3 Auction
Sprint today confirmed that it will skip an upcoming spectrum auction. "Sprint has decided not to participate in the FCC's AWS-3 auction, but will continue to evaluate the opportunities presented by the upcoming 600MHz incentive auction," said Sprint spokesman Jeffrey Silva to Bloomberg.
Most companies still have 1X or EDGE networks which was a 2nd Generation technology.
Yet all you hear now is 4G or 4G LTE in all the commercials for wireless. If the FCC stop listening to the companies complain and impose rules that companies who are using the spectrum they have the most efficient way possible with tested technology will then be allowed to buy addition spectrum.
A wireless company like Verizon and AT&T has the weight behind them to ask the manufacturers to put 3G and 4G radios in the frequency they own but are using for a older technology so they can...
A problem with a lot of US companies - efficiency. They deem the initial costs outweigh the long term savings and overall benefit of both company and country.