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FCC Promotes Wireless Investment And Deployment In 800 MHZ SMR Band

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Released: May 24, 2012

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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

May 24, 2012
Cecilia Sulhoff, 202-418-0587



Issues Report and Order to Reduce Regulatory Burdens Affecting 800 MHz SMR Licensees
Washington, D.C.—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Report and Order today
that reduces barriers to the deployment of broadband, encourages investment in wireless technologies,
and facilitates the efficient use of spectrum by revising a burdensome legacy regulation that unnecessarily
constrained 800 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) licensees.
The Report and Order amends the Commission’s rules to allow geographically-based SMR licensees to
operate across contiguous channels without a rigid channel spacing requirement or bandwidth limitation.
Lifting the unduly restrictive limitations currently in place will enable licensees to fully and more
efficiently utilize their licensed spectrum and transition their networks from legacy 2G technologies to 3G
as well as other advanced technologies such as LTE.
The Report and Order balances these benefits with the continuing need to protect 800 MHz public safety
operations from interference and maintain the significant strides made in the ongoing 800 MHz
reconfiguration process, whereby 800 MHz operations are being relocated to protect public safety
licensees against interference.
The FCC’s action today will spur investment in and deployment of wireless broadband networks and
improve spectrum efficiency while benefiting consumers through increased access to advanced wireless
services, including in rural, unserved, and underserved areas.
Action by the Commission May 24, 2012, by Report and Order (FCC 12-55). Chairman Genachowski,
Commissioners McDowell, Clyburn, Rosenworcel, and Pai. Separate statements issued by Chairman
Genachowski, Commissioners McDowell, Clyburn, Rosenworcel, and Pai. WT Docket No. 12-64.
For further information, contact Brian Regan: 202-418-2849;
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