FCC Releases Some Changes to 800MHz (Formerly AMPS) License Requirements…I Have A Theory

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Today, our friends at the FCC let us know they have reworked some of rules around the 800MHz spectrum. This is the spectrum that was used to

 launch mobile phones (Analog Mobile Phone Services or AMPS based) that became hot back in the 80’s. Anyway these have been cleared out thanks to the digital revolution and are available once again. Note, I think services like OnStar only very recently jumped off the band. Anyway, these rules basically realign the ownership rules to be geographic, more like the PCS, AWS and 700MHz spectrum.

 

So my theory is that the FCC may be preparing to swap LightSquared the 1500mHz GPS interfering spectrum for some 800Mhz. Just an idea. Nextel and Sprint got their PCS G block this way so it’s not unprecedented. 

Links: FCC