FCC frees up 25MHz of wireless spectrum for broadband

The commission clears the way for mobile broadband on the controversial 2.3GHz spectrum

By , IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless, broadband, FCC

A spokesman for Sirius didn't immediately respond to a request for a reaction to the FCC's decision.

Also on Thursday, the FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking focused on updating the E-Rate program, an FCC program that subsidizes broadband service to schools and libraries in poor areas. The proposed rules would attempt to streamline the E-Rate application process and give schools and libraries more options for broadband providers, to include community-based broadband services.

The FCC also adopted an order and further notice of proposed rulemaking designed to make it easier for broadband providers to get access to utility poles.

Access by broadband providers to poles can be "slow, costly, and mired in long disputes," the FCC said in a press release. The new order would allow broadband providers to use the same space- and cost-saving techniques that pole owners use, including placing attachments on both sides of a pole, the FCC said.

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