Opportunity in the 600 MHz Band

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The FCC’s Incentive Auction proceeding moves forward in earnest today with the filing of opening comments.  The stakes are as high as the issues are complex.  Freeing up more spectrum is critical to U.S. economic growth and technological leadership.  And this auction presents the FCC with the best opportunity it will have for many years…

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Establishing Effective Spectrum Policy, Part II

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In the midst of a prolonged and deep national recession, the U.S. wireless industry has generated billions of dollars of investment capital, produced millions of jobs, and spawned a breathtaking array of innovative new consumer products and services.  This wireless success story is due in no small measure to the Commission’s longstanding recognition that a…

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Establishing Effective Spectrum Policy

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

In 2001, as mobile data services were being launched, the Commission adopted a forward-looking spectrum policy framework that has facilitated the growth of one of the most successful and competitive marketplaces in the world.  Recognizing that competitive bidding and freely-functioning secondary markets allow spectrum to flow to its best and highest uses, the Commission abandoned…

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The Hard Truth about LTE Mobile Broadband Deployments

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

On Friday, RCA (now CCA) representatives renewed their call for an inappropriate and ineffective technology mandate in the lower 700 MHz band.  I have previously written extensively about the real interference challenges that led to a separate Band Class for the 700 MHz lower B and C blocks, but I write again to address their…

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Unlocking Our Nation’s Spectrum Resources

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last Friday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski weighed in on the appropriate spectrum policy for the country and got it absolutely correct.  The Chairman made clear he still favors clearing spectrum for auction, where appropriate, while we also explore new sharing ideas that have been developed.   He correctly noted that it’s not “an either/or choice” – we…

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The Power of Licensed Spectrum

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, or PCAST, recently released a Report on “Realizing the Full Potential of Government-Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth.”  The recommendations contained in the Report were driven by the fact that mobile data volumes continue to grow at an astounding pace, and that responding to this demand…

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Interference Testing Sleight of Hand

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Last Friday, a group of lower 700 MHz A block licensees submitted new interference testing and a report purporting to analyze the relative impact of Channel 51 and E block signals on Band 12 and Band 17 devices.  The lengthy report claims to show that Band 12 LTE devices are unlikely to experience interference levels…

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Why a Mandate Won’t Solve the Real Challenges in the Lower 700 MHz Band

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, AT&T will file reply comments with the FCC in a proceeding launched to explore interoperability challenges in the lower 700 MHz spectrum bands.  Amid the noise of the opening round of comments, fundamental facts have emerged that underscore that the proposed elimination of Band 17 would be profoundly poor public policy. First, the proposed interoperability mandate sought…

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Breaking Down Barriers In the WCS Band

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

The history of the 2.3 GHz Wireless Communication Services (WCS) spectrum band is a tortured one.  The Commission originally auctioned 128 licenses in April 1997 and from the very beginning, concerns were raised about whether WCS licensees could peacefully co-exist with neighboring licensees in the Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service (SDARS) band.  The years following the auction saw…

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Unlocking the Value of the Lower 700 MHz A Block

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Today, opening comments are being filed in the FCC’s recently initiated 700 MHz interoperability proceeding.  As our comments fully demonstrate, the interference challenges in the lower 700 MHz band are real and material.  The high power broadcasts permitted in broadcast TV channel 51 and in the 700 MHz lower E block create the potential for…

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