They may still be reluctant, but three of the four major carriers are now willing to entertain the idea of sharing the same airwaves with government users. This week Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to explore spectrum sharing possibilities on 95 MHz of frequencies currently used by the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies.
Charged with identifying more airwaves for commercial use, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recommended last year that the private and public sector split time on government airwaves. The idea is that the DOD and other users were only using their spectrum at certain times and in certain places, so why not let carriers access those frequencies whenever and wherever they weren’t occupied by the feds?
Carriers traditionally like licenses they can call their own, and the industry initially responded to the deal with skepticism. In a blog post, AT&T still said it would rather see airwaves cleared entirely of government users and auctioned for commercial use but was amenable to the idea of sharing if clearing the airwaves was not possible.
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