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.