Diverse Group Crafts Incentive-Auction Band-Plan Suggestions
On the day before comments were due regarding the FCC’s incentive-auction NPRM (GN Docket No. 12-268), AT&T, NAB, Qualcomm, Intel, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless – all interested parties – presented the agency with core set of band-plan principles regarding how to organize wireless and TV operations in the 600 MHz band to make the most of spectrum available for mobile broadband services. A few of the 10 bullet points suggest adoption of a contiguous “down from TV 51” approach with uplink at the top; optimization of paired spectrum higher than TV 37 by relying on supplemental downlink configurations where spectrum is cleared but pairing options aren’t viable; and incorporation of a “duplex gap” or spacing between uplink (mobile transmit) and downlink (base transmit) of a minimum of 10 megahertz, but no larger than technically necessary. Comments are due today, and reply comments are due March 12.

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