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Sprint Needs More Time to Clear Spectrum

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Jun 19, 2008, 7:16 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jun 19, 2008, 2:12 PM

Sprint has officially asked the FCC to give it more time to clear certain portions of spectrum that it agreed to vacate to reduce interference on certain public safety frequencies. The original deadline was set for June 26, 2008. Sprint was to swap the spectrum in question with some public safety agencies. Those agencies have also requested that the deadline be extended, and they proposed a date of July 1, 2009. Sprint is asking for the FCC to give it a phased schedule for vacating the spectrum over the coming months. Just last month a federal court mandated that Sprint adhere to the deadline. The FCC decided to grant Sprint's wish, and will not hold it accountable to meet the June 26 deadline. It has not, however, made a final decision on if/when a new deadline will be set.

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Jun 22, 2008, 11:31 PM

So the doctor say "Spectrum"

Damn near killed em

Jun 19, 2008, 5:23 PM


This is the 3rd time I've seen news of sprint needing more time to clear spectrum since november last year. the first time there was a huge concern the government was going to shut down major parts of the network if the didn't vacate off the 800MHz spectrum... and then nothing happened. We never heard about it again.
https://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=2546 »

Then the last time the fcc demanded them to vacate by june 26th 08. heres a link from phonescroop's brief on it.
https://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=2988 »

The fcc is willing to trade spectrum to replace the 800MHz, so whats the deal?
again they aren’t replacing the entire spectrum.

Jun 19, 2008, 9:38 AM

Not fair.

This whole switching of the Spectrum is completely unfair to Sprint. Neither side is ready and even if Sprint was ready that doesn't mean the other side would be also.
Exactly.. this is like them saying "Give us your football, we're going to play with it next year, but we want it now."
and then you say "But, cant I play with it until you need it?"

And then they punch you in the face, pee on your shoes and run aw...
Again they aren’t switching the entire spectrum it is just SOME.

Jun 19, 2008, 6:12 PM

Clarification about this matter.

Not sure, you guys are aware but there has been a lot of confusion about this matter on these forums. Nextel obviously made this agreement to get rid of SOME not all of the spectrum in the 800 MHz and some in other frequencies in exchange for 10 MHz in the 1.9 GHz band. They are I repeat not getting rid of their entire 800 MHz spectrum. They are doing this because of interference and they are showing goodwill because of this. They did not have to do this but they are. Of course, this has messed up operations and has caused numerous delays. Moreover, it cost Nextel on the spectrum and network side, which accumulates to drop calls and other awful things to the network. That is the gist of what the FCC Consensus Plan is and I do not want people...

Jun 19, 2008, 9:14 AM

How much time do you really need?

I mean, how long have they known about this? When VZW decomissioned their analog towers, they sent letters out basically to the tune of "move it or lose it" saying after such-and-such a date, they would no longer support analog devices or plans, and that they were eligible for a free or discounted phone. If the customer did nothing, their service would be shut off.

I don't see why Sprint can't do the same thing.
this is not for their analog services. sprint did the same thing every carrier did and warned about disconnects, offered discounts, then cut phones.

this is for spectrum that is close or blended with public safety frequencies such as emergency resp...
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