New 800 MHz SMR Rules Allow Operation on Contiguous Channels (5/24/12)
The FCC issued a report and order that the commission said facilitates the efficient use of spectrum by revising a burdensome legacy regulation that unnecessarily constrained 800 MHz specialized mobile radio (SMR) licensees.
The order amends the commission’s rules to allow geographically based SMR licensees to operate across contiguous channels without a rigid channel spacing requirement or bandwidth limitation. Lifting the unduly restrictive limitations will enable licensees to fully and more efficiently use their licensed spectrum and transition their networks from legacy 2G technologies to 3G as well as other technologies such as Long Term Evolution (LTE).
The order balances these benefits with the continuing need to protect 800 MHz public-safety operations from interference and maintain the significant strides made in the ongoing 800 MHz reconfiguration process, whereby 800 MHz operations are being relocated to protect public-safety licensees against interference.
The FCC’s action will spur investment in and deployment of wireless broadband networks and improve spectrum efficiency while benefiting consumers through increased access to advanced wireless services, including in rural, unserved and underserved areas, an FCC press release said.
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