FCC to Overhaul 800MHz Licensing Rules
The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is moving forward with a plan to "promote government efficiency and eliminate burdensome regulatory processes" with respect to licensing 800MHz spectrum. When 800MHz spectrum was first auctioned off 30 years ago under the "Cellular RadioTelephone Services" name, it was done so using a site-based licensing scheme based on how analog cellular signals propagate. Since this scheme is outdated and doesn't apply to today's networks, the FCC is going to adopt the more flexible and geographically-based licensing scheme used for the 700MHz, PCS, and AWS bands. "We'll implement this with a two-stage transition using auctions of 'overlay licenses' to ensure efficiency and convey more flexible rights to license holders," said FCC chairman Julius Genachowski in a statement. The FCC is also going to eliminate seven data collection points to reduce the amount of paperwork that must be filed by licensees.
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.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum
The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves.
FCC Embraces New Auction Rules for Designated Entities
The FCC today formally adopted a Report and Order that makes changes to how small businesses participate in spectrum auctions. The changed rules are a response to Dish Networks' use of designated entities to place bids on its behalf in the AWS-3 auction earlier this year.
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.