Industry Opposes AWS-3 Auction

Posted by Kallan Dahn Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The wireless industry is in an uproar over the findings of the test conducted over the last couple months by the FCC. The FCC has determined that the AWS-3 or "White space" spectrum will not cause significant interference to existing networks. The cellular incumbents disagree. T-Mobile, At&t, Comcast, CTIA, Ericcson, Motorola, Qualcomm, and US Cellular all have sent a petition the FCC to reconsider their position. The group is sighting mistakes made during the interference tests. Mistakes were made in calculations related to power levels and overload interference effects. The letter also politely informs the FCC that they used unacceptable engineering practices to arrive at their determination. The group currently plans to sway the FCC's board vote against the AWS-3 auction, and if this fails they intend to pursue litigation. This looks to me like M2Z Networks will be left waiting in the wings for a long time to come, as the incumbents are going to keep this tied up in litigation as long as they can. M2Z will be burried in paperwork and we will be lucky to hear from them again.

[Wireless Week]

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