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FCC Opens 2 GHz Sat Spectrum for Terrestrial Use

The FCC announced the adoption of the AWS-4 Order and H Block NPRM but the actual Order was released with it, so details are limited. The FCC announcement said this would free up 40 MHz of underutilized satellite spectrum for land-based mobile broadband. This spectrum includes portions of the 2 GHz band--1990-2025 MHz--that was originally allocated for broadcast auxiliary services, primarily live news. Dish Networks holds licenses for the 2 GHz mobile satellite service spectrum, and it appears this Order will allow them to use 30 MHz of this spectrum for terrestrial wireless.

The 5 MHz of 2 GHz spectrum at 2020-2025 MHz, immediately adjacent to the current 2 GHz ENG band, the “J-Block” described in the FCC's 2 GHz AWS/MSS NPRM and Notice of Inquiry (FCC 12-32) wasn't mentioned in Tuesday's FCC News Release.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.