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T-Mobile Hits Up Feds for D-Block Spectrum

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Sep 24, 2009, 1:22 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

T-Mobile USA's Vice President of Government Affairs Tom Sugrue recently argued with the House Energy and Commerce Committee to make 200MHz of additional spectrum available below the 3.5GHz range for commercial use. Specifically, he believes that the 700MHz D block should be re-auctioned off to commercial companies, and then the government should use the proceeds of that auction to build the nationwide public safety broadband network that was originally planned for that block of spectrum. Sugrue pointed out the escalating demand for wireless data services as one reason to make the spectrum available, and also notes that the auction could bring in an additional $2 to $9 billion for the federal government.

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jdmilleriii

Sep 25, 2009, 11:42 AM

We are using this now.

As a public saftey employee I can say we are already issued the radios and equipment to use this spectrum. We have had the radios for over a year and the sites are coming online quite a few in the last month and more coming soon. So how can they sell it back to T-Mobile when the spectrum is already in use.
Basically they want to boot Public Safety off that spectrum so that they can buy it. They have lost their ever loving minds.
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As a public saftey employee I can say we are already issued the radios and equipment to use this spectrum. We have had the radios for over a year and the sites are coming online quite a few in the last month and m
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Azeron

Sep 25, 2009, 2:02 AM

Hmmmmm...

This does seem rather self-serving. No one else needs that spectrum now.
ItsSprintnotwalk

Sep 24, 2009, 2:52 PM

T-MOB...Working for da Man

First our dear Freind the US GOV forced Sprint off the network, and Now T-Mobster Twisted Evil says they will help DA man make more money (i.e. take yours and ours) If it will allow them to buy the spectrum Sprint was forced out of...

T-Mo no more fo you!!!
 
 
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