FCC Moves To Free Up 40 mHz Of Satellite Spectrum For Mobile Broadband
March 22, 2012 at 4:00 AM (PT)
The FCC has proposed rules that would open up 40 mHz of 2 GHz Mobile Satellite Service spectrum for use by mobile broadband services. The move, which asks the public for comment on how to free up more spectrum for mobile broadband, follows a recommendation in the National Broadband Plan that the Commission enable the provision of stand-alone terrestrial services in that slice of spectrum, renamed AWS-4.
Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI said, "Addressing the growing demand for spectrum use is hard work, and freeing up spectrum for broadband isn’t easy, and that is why we must pursue multiple strategies to unleash spectrum for broadband. Removing outdated rules to free up spectrum is one of many the Commission has been and will continue to use."
Commissioner ROBERT MCDOWELL commended GENACHOWSKI for proposing the rule changes, noting, "The Commission has a checkered past of micromanaging spectrum use only to find years later that technical innovation and market demands have evolved past the government’s myopic view. Exploring ways to allow for dynamic uses of valuable frequencies while preventing harmful interference to other licensees and users is a laudable goal." He also lauded the inclusion of a proposal from the NTIA to reallocate 1695-1710 MHz from federal to commercial use.
And Commissioner MIGNON CLYBURN highlighted "the proposal to provide AWS-4 licensees with flexibility to provide any fixed or mobile service that is consistent with the allocations for this spectrum. I support giving licensees the dexterity to adjust to market conditions. This principle serves the public interest when licensees use this flexibility, in order to provide consumers with greater competition, more products and services, and lower prices."