FCC Agrees to Review Spectrum Acquisition Rules
The Federal Communications Commission today formally agreed to review how It assesses how much spectrum wireless network operators can acquire and hold in any given market. The commission voted 5-0 in favor of making the changes, which should provide operators with more clarity about the limits. The FCC will weigh variables such as the specifics of the market, geography, spectrum bands in question and whether or not spectrum below 1GHz should be weighed differently. Some carriers and public advocacy groups sought the review, as the FCC has not revisited this topic in several years. The proposed rule changes will eventually be made available for public comment.