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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FCC Adopts Rules for Licensing and Operations in Portion of 700 MHz Band Reallocated from Television Channels 60 through 69
Washington, DC -- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted licensing and
service rules governing operation of 30 of the 36 MHz of commercial spectrum located in the 700
MHz band that will be auctioned later this year. According to participants in this proceeding,
including numerous advanced wireless service and high technology companies, this spectrum can be
used for a variety of wireless services, including fixed and mobile Internet access. Pursuant to
Congressional direction to have the proceeds be deposited in the U.S. Treasury by the end of
September, the Commission is scheduled to conduct this auction this spring.|
To further the Congressional directive that it protect nearby public safety users from interference, the FCC also adopted "guard bands" encompassing 6 MHz of spectrum. Located adjacent to the spectrum allocated for public safety use, this commercial spectrum would be auctioned in two paired segments, one of 4 MHz and one of 2 MHz. Concurrent with release of this Order, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will be releasing a Public Notice permitting further brief comment on certain specific technical and operational issues regarding the two guard band licenses. Shortly after receiving comments, the FCC will issue a second Report and Order addressing the specific licensing and service rules for this 6 MHz of spectrum.
In the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Congress directed the Commission to reallocate spectrum in the 700 MHz band to commercial and public safety services from its previous exclusive use for television broadcasting service on channels 60-69. The Act originally directed that auctions for the 36 MHz of this spectrum that were not allocated to public safety use be conducted after January 1, 2001. Legislation enacted this past November, however, accelerated the auction date by requiring that auction proceeds be deposited in the U.S. Treasury by September 30, 2000.
The item adopted today addresses:
Today's action represents the FCC's first decision guided by the principles enunciated in its recent Spectrum Reallocation Policy Statement. Based on those principles, the comments of interested parties, and FCC review of technical issues, the FCC found that a flexible, market-based approach is the most appropriate method for determining service rules in this band. The FCC also concluded that in these spectrum bands, the establishment of sub-bands will best ensure that a variety of spectrum management priorities are realized, including protection of public safety operations from interference. Rapidly expanding demand for wireless voice and data services, as well as projections of the increased spectrum necessary to support broadband applications to be implemented with next generation technologies, confirm that these bands should be structured to enable their efficient and intensive use for these and future spectrum-based services and technologies.
Action by the Commission on January 6, 2000 by Report and Order (FCC 00-5). Chairman Kennard, Commissioners Ness, Powell and Tristani with Commissioner Furchtgott-Roth approving in part and dissenting in part, and Commissioners Ness and Furchtgott-Roth issuing separate statements.
Wireless Bureau Contacts: (Policy Division) Stan Wiggins at (202) 418-1310, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Marty Liebman at (202) 418-1310, e-mail at: email@example.com, TTY at (202) 418-7233; (Auctions) Howard Davenport at (202) 418-0660, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or TTY at (202) 418-7233.
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