FCC trains eyes on satellite services
The FCC announced Friday that it's focusing on using satellite services to spread mobile wireless access to more Americans.
In March, the FCC unveiled a national broadband plan that set a five-year goal of making 300MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband use. To meet the goal, the agency wants to free up spectrum from five kinds of bands. Bear with the acronyms here: WCS, AWS 2/3, D-Block, broadcast TV, and mobile satellite services (MSS).
The agency's spectrum task force is already looking into WCS. Next up is MSS, from which the FCC hopes to free up 90 MHz of spectrum.
"Demand for mobile broadband is outstripping supply by a large order of magnitude," Ruth Milkman, co-chair of the agency's spectrum task force, said Friday morning.
The task force alluded to a few specific options for satellite services today, including the possibility of extending secondary market leasing rules to MSS. But the FCC said it will announce more concrete plans about MSS in July and solicit public comments at that time.
Jia Lynn Yang
June 18, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
Categories: FCC , Spectrum
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