The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a ‘Report and Order of Proposed Modification’ which will see it press ahead with plans to implement a voluntary industry agreement that will establish an interoperable Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in the Lower 700MHz band. The standards developed by several wireless providers, along with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), are expected to give consumers more choice in terms of using their devices with large and small carriers alike, and will promote widespread deployment of mobile broadband services, especially in rural areas. Specifically, the Order addresses interference concerns raised by modifying the technical rules of the D and E blocks, so as to remove the likelihood of harm caused by attendant power levels, while continuing to allow high-value uses of these blocks. The Order also proposes to modify AT&T’s B and C block licences to incorporate the telco’s existing commitments, and makes changes in construction requirements and deadlines for various E Block licensees in the Lower 700MHz band.
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