FCC Grants 6-Month Delay for Certain 700MHz Deployments
The Federal Communications Commission today announced that is has extended the interim construction deadline for all Lower 700MHz band A Block licensees until December 13, 2013. The original deadline, which was imposed by the FCC in order to ensure speedy construction of networks in those spectrum blocks, had been set for June 13, 2013. Carriers now have a six-month reprieve. The FCC is taking this action while it continues to explore interoperability issues in the Lower 700MHz band, which it set out to do in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announced last year. Due to the way the 700MHz spectrum blocks were auctioned off, it is not possible for devices from some carriers to roam onto the LTE networks of other carriers. Some smaller providers have filed petitions asking the FCC to mandate interoperability. The FCC has yet to rule on the matter.
AT&T Trudges Forward with 700MHz Interoperability
AT&T recently told the FCC where it stands with respect to interoperability in the 700MHz band and said it is making good progress. At issue is phones' abilities to roam between several different bands within the 700MHz A Block slice of airwaves, specifically Band 17 and Band 12.
T-Mobile Implores FCC to Set Aside More Low-Band Spectrum
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray filed a letter with the FCC asking it to raise the amount of spectrum set aside for competitive carriers in the forthcoming 600MHz reverse auction. The FCC has already agreed to reserve 30MHz of spectrum for carriers other than AT&T and Verizon.
FCC Lays Groundwork for Defining 5G Spectrum
The FCC today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to define the spectrum rules that may help form 5G networks in the U.S. It designated four new bands to be studied for 5G.
AT&T Taps East Kentucky Network for 700MHz Licenses
AT&T has filed paperwork with the FCC hoping to gain permission to purchase three Lower 700MHz C Block licenses from East Kentucky Network. The licenses in question cover 20 counties in three Cellular Market Areas across regions of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.