FCC Clears Qualcomm MediaFLO Launch
Oct 12, 2006, 1:43 PM by (staff)
The FCC today issued a decision that clears Qualcomm to launch its MediaFLO mobile TV network in a much larger number of markets. Qualcomm is building the network in the 700 MHz band with spectrum it owns on UHF TV channel 55. The FCC's decision defines the amount of interference Qualcomm's broadcasts can cause to channels 54-56 over the next two and a half years until analog TV spectrum must be vacated in February 2009. The FCC ruled the network can launch in areas where broadcasters operate on those channels with 0.5% interference, increasing to 1.5% by 2009. This will allow Qualcomm to launch in more areas sooner since they won't need to wait for analog TV shutdown in most cases.
FCC Sets 126 MHz Clearing Target for Reverse Auction
The FCC today announced it has set an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz during the reverse part of the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. Television broadcasters have agreed to part with this spectrum.
FCC Gives Verizon and Qualcomm Permission to Test LTE-U
The FCC is allowing Verizon and Qualcomm to move forward with limited tests of LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands generally reserved for WiFi. Specifically, the companies are being allowed to perform small-scale tests at two Verizon facilities, one in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the other in Raleigh, N.C.
AT&T Ditching its Band 71 Licenses
AT&T is selling $1 billion worth of recently-acquired radio spectrum licenses to an obscure Virginia company, according to documents filed recently with the FCC. The spectrum in question is all (or nearly all) of the 600 MHz (band 71) licenses that AT&T acquired in an FCC auction just one year ago.
T-Mobile Trying to Block AT&T's 700 MHz Purchase
T-Mobile has filed a petition with the FCC in an attempt to prevent AT&T from purchasing select 700 MHz spectrum licenses. AT&T filed a request to transfer the licenses, which cover portions of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, last month.