30 Apr '13, 2pm

FCC gives LightSquared 3 months to assess feasibility of mobile broadband sharing with federal ops at 1675-1680 MHz

The FCC has granted LightSquared a three-month period to assess the technical feasibility of using the 1675–1680 MHz band for mobile broadband services on a shared basis with existing federal operations. The grant makes good on policy set forth in a July 2012 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) that proposed using 1,000 MHz of federal spectrum for "shared use superhighways." Far from a widely accepted practice, spectrum sharing has been widely criticized by CTIA, as well as some members of the FCC, including Commissioner Ajit Pai. In a recent call with press and analysts, Chris Guttman-McCabe, CTIA's vice president of regulatory affairs, made it clear that spectrum sharing is not the end goal, noting that the report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which recommended sharing airwaves, d...

Full article: http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/04/fcc-oks-lightsqu...

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