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T Band Giveback NJ Metro FCC Chair yesterday

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press release yesterday May 15th from FCC chair stating implementation of UHF T band giveback is a “bad idea”.
…and the FCC knows a LOT about bad ideas. 800MHz rebanding, anyone? 900MHz rejiggering for Anterix? LightSquared/Ligado on top of GPS?

I agree, the T-band thing was stupid since day 1. But the FCC properly acting on a "bad idea" has not proven to be their strong point. All it'll take is someone with enough money to pay the FCC to get what they want.
 

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What was so wrong with the NexTel "White Paper" 800 MHz rebanding plan? The mess that that band was prior to rebanding created havoc for everybody operating on that chunk of RF spectrum. Sure NexTel doesn't exist anymore - thanks, I've always believed, in part to rebanding and the expenses they took on to pull it off; but, if the Commission is going to take any blame re: 800 MHz, I'd venture to say it would be for not foreseeing the need to slice up the band correctly in the first place - thus creating the need for rebanding it in 2001. Now...900 MHz...that's a different story. Wow, what a mess created in that band....

With that said gentlemen... the Federal Communications Commission can not take the blame for the UHF T-Band giveback scheme. Remember, it was our greedy Congress, through the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, that told the FCC to auction off the UHF T-band to raise revenue for the national government.

 
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Correct, FCC is not to blame for the T-Band fiasco.

But that doesn't mean they won't have the opportunity to screw it up. All it'll take is some deep pocket investors to think there's some value to that slice of spectrum.
 

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Correct, FCC is not to blame for the T-Band fiasco.
100%, it was absolutely the lawmakers and lobbyists. The funniest part of the whole thing is at the end of the day, their potential bidders for the bandwidth didn't even want it. Mobile broadband was never going to use T-band, and there was never even a chance of any aspect of 5G sinking that low on the band charts.

The whole thing, besides being dumb, was pointless.
 
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