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Commission Adopts H Block Report and Order

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Released: June 27, 2013

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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).



June 27, 2013
Justin Cole: (202) 418-8191


New service, licensing, and technical rules will enable flexible use services in the H Block

Washington, D.C. Today the Commission adopted a Report and Order that will increase the Nation's
supply of spectrum for flexible use services, including mobile broadband, by opening 10 megahertz of
spectrum in the bands 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz (H Block) for commercial licensing.
By enabling 10 megahertz of spectrum to be used for mobile broadband, the Report and Order furthers the
Commission's efforts to ensure that the Nation's wireless networks have the capacity, speed and ubiquity
to keep pace with consumers' expectations and ever rising demand for mobile services. It is also a step
towards meeting its obligation under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
(Spectrum Act) to license 65 megahertz, including the 10 megahertz in the H Block, by February 2015.
The Report and Order pairs the two bands that comprise the H Block, and establishes that the paired
bands will be licensed on an Economic Area basis and auctioned through a system of competitive
bidding. In addition, the Report and Order sets technical rules to help ensure that operations in the H
Block do not cause harmful interference to PCS downlink operations, consistent with a requirement in the
Spectrum Act. Finally, the Report and Order adopts flexible use regulatory, licensing, and operating rules
for H Block licensees.
Action by the Commission June 27, 2013, by Report and Order (FCC 13-88). Acting Chairwoman
Clyburn, Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai with Acting Chairwoman Clyburn, Commissioners
Rosenworcel and Pai issuing statements.
Docket No.: WT Docket No. 12-357.
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