Sprint has completed the transition of 35 MHz of broadcast auxiliary service (BAS) spectrum, which is now open for the company to use for additional wireless broadband services.
The BAS spectrum, between 1990 and 2110 MHz, had been used by television broadcast stations for internal use only.
Sprint had proposed reclaiming 35 MHz in the lower part of that spectrum, and in 2005 the FCC agreed to the plan, providing that Sprint paid for TV stations to move to the new BAS frequencies between 2025 MHz and 2110 MHz.
Sprint estimates the cost of the project at approximately $750 million. The potential value of broadband services in that band are far greater, of course.
"Sprint's completion of the BAS spectrum transition marks an important step toward President Obama's goal of freeing 500 MHz of additional wireless broadband spectrum," said Michael B. Degitz, vice president of spectrum management for Sprint. "This newly cleared spectrum has the potential to be used to create jobs, to enhance the nation's and the telecommunications industry's economic competitiveness, and to increase productivity. Sprint is pleased that it has been able to support this essential element of the president's technology agenda and the National Broadband Plan."