AT&T GSM 850 Blamed For Police Radio Outages In Oakland
AT&T has temporarily shut down GSM service in the 850 MHz band at 16 towers in Oakland, CA, after an FCC investigation found that they may have been a culprit in service problems with the city's new police radio system. AT&T's WCDMA and LTE networks are unaffected, as are GSM and WCDMA networks in the 1900 MHz band. The company has over 1,000 towers in the Bay Area. Most customers should therefore notice little impact. The FCC is also investigating whether some T-Mobile towers may be an issue. Although AT&T is licensed to use GSM technology in the 850 MHz band in that area, FCC rules require that public safety systems take priority.
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This is crazy
I am clapping my hands now.
Shouldn't the government and whoever is in charge of public safety test these devices to ensure they comply with FCC regulations?
Moot at this point
ATT, Oakland and the vendor of the new police communication system can work out those issues at some point in the near future. As far as we know, this could be what they are planning to do anyway. Besides, ATT has already stated that the shutdown of these towers shouldn't affect the overall usage of ...
This of course is pure speculation going off the article.