Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission approved spectrum in the Wired Communications Services band to be used for mobile broadband service. The FCC believes that the WCS portion of spectrum is being underutilized.
AT&T believes so as well. In a blog post yesterday, AT&T’s vice-president for federal regulatory affairs said the following:
“The long era of dispute and uncertainty surrounding the WCS spectrum band is finally over. With the Order released today, AT&T will be able to complete acquisitions that will give it a path to robust commercial LTE deployment in the WCS band. We applaud the FCC Chairman and Commissioners for their commitment to fostering innovative spectrum solutions that unlock under-utilized spectrum bands to serve the growing demands of American consumers. Repositioning the WCS band for LTE deployment is a significant accomplishment which will spur aggressive investment by AT&T and create good paying jobs across the wireless and technology eco-systems. This is also a win for our customers, who will benefit from today’s Order for years to come as we realize the spectrum’s full potential to enhance our wireless broadband offerings.”
WCS is used primarily for mobile voice services and data services including cell phone, text messaging, and Internet.
This move appears in proper step with the FCC’s role as guardian to access of the airwaves, which is to maximize carrier access to the airwaves. Whether we are at maximum is another story.