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FCC approves AT&T-Sirius LTE spectrum peace treaty

Updated Oct 21st, 2012 3:07PM EDT

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AT&T (T) is about to get a nice 20MHz chunk of spectrum to bolster its LTE network. Per the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday approved an agreement between AT&T and Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) that will let AT&T use some spectrum that Sirius has long warned could interfere with its own services if it were used for mobile data services. The deal between the two companies will let AT&T use 20MHz of the band while leaving 10MHz open to avoid potential interference with Sirius. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski praised the two companies for coming up with a deal that resolved the issues of “a long-troubled band that has evaded easy answers for 15 years.”


Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.