AT&T and Sirius XM have filed a proposal with the Federal Communications
Commission calling for changes in the rules governing a band of wireless
spectrum. The hope is that the band could be used for LTE services.
The filing focuses on the 2.3 GHz Wireless Communication Service band, which
has long been a source of concern in the satellite radio industry. The FCC
auctioned 128 licenses in 1997, raising concerns that the licensees might
interfere with the neighboring Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service band.
More recently, AT&T has opposed FCC rules that attempt to resolve the
conflict, arguing that it impaired the deployment of an efficient mobile
broadband service in the WCS band.
In the proposal, AT&T has proposed a way to use the band without causing
problems for satellite-radio company Sirius. The company has agreed to set aside
a 5 MHz band on either side of Sirius' spectrum, in which no transmissions can
“The effort to reach this accommodation was significant, and required
concessions on both sides,” AT&T said in a blog
post. “But this proposal, if accepted, will enable the adoption of technical
rules satisfactory to both interests and should enable licensees in the 2.3 GHz
WCS band to deploy the most efficient new mobile broadband technologies,
including LTE, while not posing an unreasonable interference threat to satellite