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SBE Blasts CTIA Spectrum Reallocation Proposal

“Could not have made a worse choice’ says letter to FCC

It’s probably safe to say that the CTIA, the Wireless Association, is no longer on the SBE’s Christmas card list.

This comes after SBE President Ralph Hogan sent a letter to the FCC, “expressing disagreement with the recommendations made by CTIA, The Wireless Association, to reallocate a significant portion to mobile broadband on the 2 GHz BAS band.”

In the letter, the proposal is described as “reckless” and that the CTIA “could not have made a worse choice in terms of spectrum for future mobile broadband use below 5 GHz” in suggesting spectrum for reallocation.

The SBE defends the spectrum, located at 2095–2110 MHz, saying that reallocation would “deprive television viewers, regardless of their chosen delivery method (over-the-air broadcast television, cable, fiber or satellite) of the ability to view events as they happen and to respond to them appropriately. It would also preclude virtually all televised sports and major events, which absolutely cannot be aired without access to the entire 2025–2110 MHz band in all markets.”

The SBE offers to provide further details on the spectrum in question and makes a suggestion that the 2360–2390 MHz band might be a better choice for reallocation.