updated 06:05 pm EDT, Thu July 15, 2010
Spectrum to be used for wireless broadband
The FCC on Thursday moved forward with its plans to reallocate satellite spectrum to be used for wireless broadband purposes. The Commission has focused on several proposals that aim to provide companies with more flexibility for land-based use of the satellite bands.
The current plan would open up 90 MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband services, while also outlining a system for providing incentives to satellite companies willing to voluntarily reallocate additional bands. Both endeavors are designed to put a dent in the FCC's goal of opening 500MHz of spectrum by 2020, as outlined in the National Broadband Plan.
"Our action today also builds upon our recent approval of the transaction between Harbinger Capital Partners and SkyTerra Communications, which facilitated a multi-billion dollar commitment to invest in a new 4G wireless network," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. "These are examples
of our focus on FCC actions that will unleash private sector investment and innovation."
The FCC is still open to further discussions surrounding its plans for reallocating satellite spectrum and maintaining current services.