Lightsquared Completes Next FCC-Mandated Step
Lightsquared today said that it has filed its first report to the Federal Communications Commission on spectrum interference. The FCC gave Lightsquared permission to operate its forthcoming nationwide LTE network in select sets of spectrum. One condition of the approval requires Lightsquared to perform an interference study with third-party organizations to make sure that its network won't cause problems for others. Lightsquared formed a working group with the United States Global Positioning System Industry Council (USGIC) and together they laid out their initial plans to the FCC. Lightsquared also recently successfully completed the first round of testing on its satellite, which was launched in late 2010.
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.
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.
AT&T Looking to Score Plateau Wireless Spectrum
AT&T and Plateau Wireless have filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission seeking permission to transfer certain spectrum licenses held by Plateau to AT&T. AT&T hopes to gain 700MHz, 850MHz, and AWS spectrum covering select markets in New Mexico and Texas.
AT&T Wants LTE-U Opponents to Agree to Play Fair
Joan Marsh, AT&T's vice president of federal and regulatory affairs, today prosed that the FCC use existing rules to help organizations on opposite sides of the LTE-U debate find some middle ground. LTE-U is the use of LTE services over unlicensed spectrum, or WiFi frequencies.
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