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Rural Carriers Make Push for Reinstating Spectrum Cap

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Dec 23, 2008, 2:44 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

A band of rural network operators, called the Rural Telecommunications Group, has approached the FCC about limiting carriers from owning more than 110MHz of spectrum below the 2.3GHz band in any one market. They feel having that much spectrum gives carriers too much power over the local competition. Wireless network operators such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon say that reinstating the limits would kneecap their ability to deploy better networks. The CTIA believes that existing laws already protect the smaller operators from their larger rivals. With FCC leadership set to change hands in early 2009, it is not likely that the FCC will make any decisions on the issue in the near future.

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Dec 25, 2008, 6:37 AM

Ah quit whining

These smaller carriers need to quit whining about stuff like this. I wish carriers like AT&T and Verizon would have more pull in the industry. They're at least using the inovation towards their networks. These small carriers usually don't last long and don't have alot of the bells and whistles that the major carriers do. No matter if the rural carriers win this little battle the large carriers will still bank more customers and coverage. The only thing making them whine is because anything else this country tries to complain about...MONEY! 🙄

Dec 23, 2008, 5:18 PM

Im a little confused

What does "owning more than 110MHz of spectrum below the 2.3GHz band in any one market" mean? I understand a little bit about spectrum and frequency bands but this one is confusing me. What does below the 2.3GHz band mean? Can someone please explain?
Basically the spectrum bands below 2.3GHz are considered "prime spectrum" because they travel further and penetrate buildings/obstructions better than higher frequencies. There are several bands below 2.3GHz that cell phone carriers use such as the 1...

Dec 23, 2008, 6:58 PM

Where is this relevant?

110 MHz is a LOT of spectrum. At least in the Boston area, VZW has 25 MHz cellular spectrum, 30 MHz PCS spectrum, 20 MHz AWS spectrum, and 22 MHz 700 spectrum, for a grand total of......97 MHz. If you move away from Boston and check other neighboring markets, the total is even less. Is a cap that high going to make any difference anywhere?
This may be fueled by the merger between Verizon and Alltel. But then again some big names, like ATT and verizon, do have big chunks in some places.

this website might explain
http://www.americanroamer.com/spectrum_maps.php »
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