LightSquared Floats New Spectrum Proposal with FCC
LightSquared has filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission seeking permission to use a different slice of spectrum for its failed mobile broadband network. LightSquared's original plan was to use spectrum that abutted GPS spectrum. It was found to cause interference and LightSquared was not able to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of the government. Now, LightSquared proposes to use just the lower 5MHz of its spectrum that doesn't cause interference and leave unused the upper 10MHz channel its owns that adjoins the GPS spectrum. LightSquared is also asking that it be allowed to use an additional 5MHz channel of spectrum that is already being used by the government to supplement its own 5MHz. The company is currently fighting bankruptcy. It filed a motion in its bankruptcy case to stall the proceedings until next year while it works out this new proposal with the FCC. The FCC did not comment.
FCC Proposes Spectrum Screen Changes
The Federal Communications Commission today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will see changes made to how it uses spectrum screens to weigh spectrum auctions and sales. The FCC wants to see low- and high-band spectrum put to use more evenly around the country by a wider range of companies.
FCC Lays Out Rules for AWS-3 Spectrum Auction
The FCC has published the rules regarding Auction 97, which will see 1,614 spectrum licenses sold by the government to wireless network operators. The auction will start November 13, with a trial auction scheduled for November 10.
AT&T and T-Mobile Agree to Swap Some Spectrum
AT&T and T-Mobile recently filed paperwork with the FCC seeking permission to swap spectrum assets. The companies are looking at PCS and AWS spectrum in a handful of markets.
AT&T Hopes to Score Spectrum from Cellular Properties
AT&T recently filed paperwork with the FCC seeking permission to buy some Cellular A Block and microwave point-to-point spectrum from Cellular Properties Inc. The spectrum in question covers 11 counties and parts of two Cellular Market Areas in Illinois.
FCC Chair Floats 3.5GHz Sharing Proposal
The FCC is moving forward with plans to free up a portion of the 3.5GHz band for wireless broadband use. The agency has been exploring the idea of sharing the airwaves with the incumbent users, including the military, and wants to make 150MHz of the spectrum available for wireless purposes.
really! we promise we can make it work this time....please!
Hopefully , Lightsquared gets spectrum it can use