FCC to free more spectrum

FCC to free more spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission last month proposed to free more radio spectrum for wireless services by transferring 27 MHz from government to civilian use and by promoting secondary markets.

FCC intends to reallocate 27 MHz in seven frequency bands: 216 MHz to 220 MHz, 1.39 GHz to 1.395 GHz, 1.427 GHz to 1.429 GHz, 1.429 GHz to 1.432 GHz, 1.432 GHz to 1.435 GHz, 1.67 GHz to 1.675 GHz, and 2.385 GHz to 2.39 GHz. The transfer would occur under a congressional mandate to foster commercial wireless applications.

The commission also plans to ease rules for transferring spectrum licenses to make more efficient use of frequencies already in private hands. It will promote spectrum exchanges and will encourage owners to sell, lease or exchange licenses in a secondary market.

'William Jackson, Patricia Daukantas, Julie Britt and Dennis Blank

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