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FCC reaches pacts on spectrum border sharing

Tue, 08/02/2011 - 8:05am
Andrew Berg, Wireless Week

The FCC announced that it has reached agreements with Industry Canada and Mexico's Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) for sharing commercial wireless broadband spectrum in the 700 MHz band along the U.S.-Canadian and U.S.-Mexican border areas.

The FCC said it had also reached an arrangement with Industry Canada for sharing spectrum in the 800 MHz band. These actions will help support commercial broadband services and public safety mission-critical voice communications.

"These arrangements will unleash investment and benefit consumers near the borders by enabling the rollout of 4G wireless broadband service and advanced systems for critical public safety and emergency response communications," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Under the arrangements, licensees on both sides of the borders will have greater access to the 698-758 MHz and 776-788 MHz bands.

According to a press release, the technical sharing principles reached on 800 MHz will pave the way for completion of 800 MHz rebanding by U.S. public safety and commercial licensees operating along the U.S.-Canadian border.

The FCC ordered rebanding to alleviate interference to public safety licensees in the band caused by commercial cellular licensees.

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