• FCC Reforms Outdated 800 MHz Cellular Spectrum Rules
  • April 24, 2017 | Authors: Albert J. Catalano; Timothy A. Doughty; Michael T. N. Fitch; C. Douglas Jarrett; Gregory E. Kunkle; Thomas B. Magee; Tracy P. Marshall; Kathleen M. Slattery; Wesley K. Wright
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • The Commission unanimously approved a Second Report and Order, a Report and Order, and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) all aimed at facilitating Cellular spectrum for mobile broadband services. Specifically, the updated rules allow Cellular licensees to transmit the same amount of power across the spectrum band, whether they are deploying narrow bandwidth technology or wider bandwidth technology; ensure co-existence of Cellular and neighboring public safety systems by retaining Cellular-specific interference resolution rules and procedures and by engaging stakeholders; make rules related to power measurement, out of band emissions, field strength, and discontinuance of operations the same for Cellular spectrum as for other similar commercial wireless spectrum; and eliminate unnecessary rules related to filings, coordination, and comparative renewal. The FNPRM proposes to eliminate more unnecessary rules and seeks comment on whether to simplify and consolidate the rules for Cellular and other commercial wireless services.