11.11.2009 04:05 PM
Satellite Firms Shop Spectrum to FCC
WASHIGNTON: Two satellite companies have approached the FCC with a plan for freeing up spectrum for national wireless broadband. This, according to Stacey Higginbotham of GigaOm. Qualcomm and SkyTerra pitched the commission on adding a terrestrial component to their satellite networks that would create 100 MHz worth of mobile broadband. The FCC is interested, she said, but the proposed infrastructure changes have been on the table since 2003, when the FCC approved the configuration over the objections of the wireless industry.

Cost is the obstacle. Building a terrestrial network proved prohibitively expensive. Then there’s the issue of handsets, and the absence of such. Higginbotham said a more likely scenario would be for existing carriers to license the spectrum from satellite operators and build out the terrestrial network themselves.

The wireless industry continues to oppose the satellite broadband strategy, which, if it were built out by the satellite operators, would compete with incumbent carriers.

More on the back-and-forth between the satellite firms, the wireless industry and the FCC is available at GigaOm.

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Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Wed, 11-18-2009 06:29 AM Report Comment
How do you spell Washington?
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Wed, 11-18-2009 06:31 AM Report Comment
Sirius/XM does this. In cities like NY where receiving satellite radio is next to impossible, they instaled terestrial repeaters. Seems to work fine. Expensive yes but stil less costly than a fleet of spacecraft.
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