FCC Approves AT&T’s Plan To Use WCS Spectrum For LTE Deployment

Posted Sep 27, 2012

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved AT&T to use WCS spectrum to help with their deployment of LTE services.  The FCC started circulating an order this week that lets AT&T use a 20MHz chunk of spectrum in the 2.3GHz WCS to use for LTE.  AT&T and Sirius XM filed a proposal with the FCC that suggests a chance to the rules around WCS spectrum.  This would limit interference for XM radio as well.  AT&T recently acquired NextWave for WCS spectrum.  “Today?s action is part of Chairman Julius Genachowski?s continued efforts to remove regulatory barriers that limit the flexible use of spectrum, which is one way he has led the Commission towards helping address the continued ?spectrum crunch,” said the FCC.