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FCC Takes Action to Promote Interoperability in the Lower 700 MHz Band

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Released: October 28, 2013

NEWS
Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th Street, S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D. C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS:

October 28, 2013
Cecilia Sulhoff, 202-418-0587
Email: Cecilia.Sulhoff@fcc.gov

FCC TAKES ACTION TO PROMOTE INTEROPERABILITY

IN THE LOWER 700 MHz BAND

NEWS
Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th Street, S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D. C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS:

October 28, 2013
Cecilia Sulhoff, 202-418-0587
Email: Cecilia.Sulhoff@fcc.gov

FCC TAKES ACTION TO PROMOTE INTEROPERABILITY

IN THE LOWER 700 MHz BAND

Washington, D.C. –The Federal Communications Commission has approved a Report and Order and
Order of Proposed Modification
to move forward with implementing a voluntary industry agreement that
will establish interoperable LTE service in the Lower 700 MHz band.
The Order finds that the terms of the voluntary agreement serve the public interest by encouraging
efficient use of spectrum and enabling consumers to enjoy the benefits of greater competition. The
standards developed by several wireless providers, along with the Competitive Carriers Association, will
also give consumers more choice in using their devices with large and small carriers alike and will
promote widespread deployment of mobile broadband services, especially in rural areas.
Specifically, the Order addresses interference concerns raised in the proceeding by modifying the
technical rules of the D and E blocks, so as to remove the likelihood of harm caused by attendant power
levels, while continuing to allow high-value uses of these blocks. The item concludes that interference
from adjacent Channel 51 operations is unlikely to disturb B and C Block operations and finds that these
concerns are not an impediment to achieving interoperability. The Order also proposes to modify
AT&T’s B and C block licenses to incorporate the commitments of AT&T and makes changes in
construction requirements and deadlines for various E Block licensees in the Lower 700 MHz band.
Actions taken in this item improve wireless availability and competition, spur investment in and build out
of the networks in the Lower 700 MHz band, and result in significant savings to the consumer.
WT Docket No. 12-69
-FCC-
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