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FCC Adopts Rules to Free up 30 MHZ of Spectrum


The Commission has adopted revised rules to enable Wireless Communications Service licensees’ to use a total of 30 megahertz of underutilized spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band for wireless broadband services, while protecting the adjacent Sirius XM Radio against interference. The FCC said in a statement, "Today’s action continues the FCC’s efforts to remove the regulatory barriers that are limiting the flexible use of spectrum for broadband services."

Of the 30 megahertz of total spectrum, 20 megahertz may be used for mobile broadband services and 10 megahertz for fixed broadband services, with possible future use as downlink spectrum to serve mobile broadband devices. "The revised rules are consistent with a compromise proposal between AT&T and Sirius XM designed to facilitate the efficient deployment and coexistence of both companies," the FCC said. 

The revised rules also provide Sirius XM greater certainty and flexibility by adopting conditions for identifying and resolving harmful interference to SDARS operations on roadways and by relaxing the SDARS licensee notification requirements for low‑power terrestrial repeaters and for minor modifications to repeaters. 

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