FCC gives small cells a boost with spectrum-sharing proposal

12/12/2012 | ITWorld.com · Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) · Telecompetitor.com

Federal regulators on Wednesday proposed rules to free up wireless spectrum by allowing commercial services to share a slice of 3.5 GHz frequencies held by the military -- a step designed to give a boost to small cell technology. The Federal Communications Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the matter, with Chairman Julius Genachowski saying, "This has enormous potential for the country." The FCC also proposed rules that would require carriers to allow subscribers to send text messages to 911 emergency centers by 2014 in an effort to codify steps voluntarily taken last week by the four major U.S. carriers.

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