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Released: May 10, 2011


Federal Communications Commission

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DA 11-714
April 22, 2011




RM No. 11592

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) will hold a workshop on the interoperability of customer mobile
equipment across commercial spectrum blocks in the 700 MHz Band. This event will focus on exploring
solutions for promoting the development and availability of equipment for the 700 MHz band. In
addition, the workshop will discuss providers' technology choices for the 700 MHz band, including the
planned deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology by certain providers, and how these
technology choices can affect equipment availability, competition, and roaming. The workshop will be
held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters, located at 445
12th Street, SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC 20554.


Interoperability of Customer Mobile Equipment

Across Paired Commercial Spectrum Blocks in the 700 MHz Band

9:00 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

9:10 a.m.

Panel 1: Technical Issues Related to 700 MHz Interoperability and the
Development of Standards for the 700 MHz Band

In this panel, industry experts will discuss the interoperability issues associated with the 700 MHz bands,
as well as the technical issues related to the current and developing standards for 700 MHz equipment.
Topics will include the 3GPP technical standards for 700 MHz band, interference issues related to the
broadcast use of Channel 51 and Lower 700 MHz Blocks D and E, the trend toward inter-band carrier
aggregation, and technical challenges in developing a single upper band that covers Band 13 and Band 14.


Tom Peters

, Chief Engineer, WTB

Co-Moderator: Julius Knapp

, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology


Edgar Fernandes

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Motorola

Gene Fong

Senior Staff Engineer, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies

Doug Hyslop

Partner, Wireless Strategy

Paul Kolodzy

Wireless Consultant to Vulcan Wireless

William (Bill) H. Stone

Executive Director of Network Strategy, Verizon
10:30 a.m.


10:40 a.m.

Panel 2: Market Issues Related to 700 MHz Equipment

In this panel, industry representatives and consumer group representative will address market issues
related to 700 MHz equipment currently being offered or developed for consumers in general. Topics
will include status of the current and near-term market for 700 MHz devices, ability of small/regional
providers to obtain Band 12 devices at a competitive cost, and the effect of interoperability on promoting
the public interest, including promoting competition, access to broadband, public safety and the
widespread availability of service in rural areas.


James D. Schlichting

, Senior Deputy Chief, WTB

Co-Moderator: Tom Peters

, Chief Engineer, WTB


Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President for Market Development, AT&T

Michael Chard

Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm CDMA

Eric B. Graham

Vice President, Strategic and Government Relations, Cellular
South, Inc.

Dennis Martinez

Chief Technology Officer, Harris RF Communications
Division, Harris Corporation

Matt Wood

Associate Director, Media Access Project
12:00 p.m.


The workshop will be open to the public; however, admittance will be limited to the seating
available. Audio/video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the
Internet from the FCC's web page at The FCC's webcast is free to the public. Those
who watch the live video stream of the event may email event-related questions to Depending on the volume of questions and time constraints, the panel
moderators will work to respond to as many as questions as possible during the workshop.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please
include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must
include their contact information should FCC staff need to contact them for more information. Requests
should be made as early as possible. Please send an e-mail to or call the Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau: 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).
This matter shall be treated as a "permit-but-disclose" proceeding in accordance with the
Commission's ex parte rules.1 Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda
summarizing the presentations must contain summaries of the substance of the presentations and not
merely a listing of the subjects discussed. More than a one- or two-sentence description of the views and

1 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq.

arguments presented generally is required.2 Other requirements pertaining to oral and written
presentations are set forth in section 1.1206(b) of the Commission's rules.3
Interested parties may file comments using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System
(ECFS) or by filing paper copies.4 Comments filed through the ECFS can be sent as an electronic file via
the Internet to Generally, only one copy of an electronic submission must
be filed. If multiple docket or rulemaking numbers appear in the caption of the proceeding, commenters
must transmit one electronic copy of the comments to each docket or rulemaking number referenced in
the caption. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their full name, U.S. Postal
Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or rulemaking numbers. All filings concerning this
Public Notice should refer to RM No. 11592. Parties may also submit an electronic comment by Internet
e-mail. To get filing instructions for e-mail comments, commenters should send an e-mail to, and should include the following words in the body of the message, "get form." A sample
form and directions will be sent in reply. Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and
four copies of each filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this
proceeding, commenters must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking
Paper filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by
first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in receiving
U.S. Postal Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

Parties are strongly encouraged to file comments
electronically using the Commission's ECFS.

Effective December 28, 2009, all hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the
Commission's Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-
A325, Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All
hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be
disposed of before entering the building.


: The Commission's former filing
location at 236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE is permanently closed.

Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must
be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.

U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail should be addressed to 445 12th Street,
SW, Washington DC 20554.
Parties shall also serve one copy with the Commission's copy contractor, Best Copy and Printing,
Inc. (BCPI), Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554, (202) 488-5300,
or via e-mail to
Documents in RM No. 11592 will be available for public inspection and copying during business
hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th St. S.W., Room CY-A257,
Washington, DC 20554. The documents may also be purchased from BCPI, telephone (202) 488-5300,
facsimile (202) 488-5563, TTY (202) 488-5562, e-mail To request materials in
accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an

2 See 47 C.F.R. 1.1206(b)(2).
3 47 C.F.R. 1.1206(b).
4 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13 FCC Rcd 11322

e-mail to or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice),
202-418-0432 (TTY).
For further information about the workshop, please contact Nicole McGinnis of the Spectrum and
Competition Policy Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at (202) 418-2877, or via e-mail at
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