Broadband/Narrowband at 900 MHz
- Realign the 900 MHz band to make available six megahertz of spectrum for broadband operations, while reserving the band’s remaining four megahertz for continued narrowband operations.
- Establish a transition mechanism, based primarily on negotiations between prospective broadband licensees and narrowband incumbents, that enables these prospective broadband licensees to relocate, acquire, or protect existing incumbents in the new broadband segment.
- Permit a 900 MHz broadband licensee (after license grant) to relocate mandatorily a small number of incumbents—except those with complex systems—from the new broadband segment to the narrowband segment by providing comparable facilities.
- Require a broadband applicant to make an anti-windfall payment whenever it relinquishes less than six megahertz of spectrum in exchange for a six-megahertz broadband license.
- Address license application requirements, transition procedures, and operating and technical rules applicable to the new 900 MHz broadband license.
- Deny EWA’s petition for rulemaking, which requested that the Commission designate part of the 800 MHz guard band for relocation of 900 MHz narrowband channels.
- Lift the freeze on 900 MHz applications so that existing licensees can relocate their narrowband operations within the narrowband segment. (WT 17-200)