Spectrum Policy Innovations are Coming

If AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile USA are actively working to explore how to share spectrum now used by the U.S. Department of Defense, that is a signal that the carriers believer there is a serious chance spectrum sharing could happen, even if the carriers typically prefer to use only licensed spectrum.

The immediate focus is a proposed sharing of 95 MHz of spectrum currently used by DoD and other federal agencies, in the 1755 to 1850 MHz spectrum band.

Spectrum sharing, releasing more unlicensed spectrum and new spectrum auctions, plus reassignment of frequencies originally awarded for mobile satellite service are key ways regulators now are trying to make more spectrum available as a way of promoting mobile and wireless competition and innovation.


Since their introduction in 1994, the United States has conducted more than 70 spectrum auctions to assign thousands of wireless licenses.

But regulators also are working to increase the amount and ease of using unlicensed spectrum as well. The "white spaces" spectrum, and a new proposed sharing of 5-GHz spectrum are examples of some of the ways additional spectrum could be made available to existing and new service providers.

If three of the four largest U.S. mobile service providers are working in public on spectrum sharing in the 1755 MHz to 1850 MHz spectrum, it indicates they believe the spectrum will be made available.



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