The Federal Communications Commission’s long awaited Order to fix interference problems between Sirius XM [SIRI] and the neighboring Wireless Communications Services (WCS) band is published. Here’s hoping it will at long last resolve this feud, and allow for peaceful coexistence on the 2.3 MHz band. At least that’s the idea, says FCC Chair Julius Genachowski.
“I am pleased that by taking a fresh look at the WCS rules, we are able to create an environment for innovative, cutting-edge mobile products and services in a spectrum band that has essentially remained fallow for years,” Genachowski said on Thursday, “while still protecting adjacent band services from harmful interference and providing important clarity about the long-term operation of satellite radio terrestrial repeaters.”
We’ve been covering this issue for months here at Radio Survivor (see links to related stories at bottom of this piece), and we’ll spare you the hairy technical details. The Order sets up permanent rules for Sirius’s terrestrial repeaters and power level limits for WCS mobile and portable stations.
So now 25 MHz of WCS band is unleashed for wireless broadband, which is kind of exciting! The FCC’s Order says that WCS license holders have to get moving:
“For mobile and point-to-multipoint services, WCS licensees must serve 40 percent of a license area’s population within 42 months, and 75 percent within 72 months. For fixed point-to-point services, WCS licensees must construct and operate 15 point-to-point links per million persons in a license area within 42 months, and 30 links within 72 months, together with a minimum payload capacity to ensure that the spectrum is used intensively. Licensees will not be required to satisfy submarket construction requirements.”
Here’s hoping that everybody will accept this as a workable compromise.
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