Apple Opposes of FCC’s 700MHz Interoperability Plan

Posted by at 9:49 am on August 26, 2013

Apple has indicated that it opposes the Federal Communications Commission’s mandate for interoperability in the 700MHz spectrum band.

The FCC is weighing whether or not it should require all devices that use 700MHz spectrum to support all or most of the bands therein. AT&T and Verizon Wireless operate their LTE networks in Band Class 17 and Band Class 13, respectively, and Apple’s iPhone works in both.

The iPhone does not, however, support Band Class 12 in which smaller, regional operators, such as U.S. Cellular, operate. Smaller carriers have banded together and requested the interoperability measures, but the FCC has yet to act upon it. Apple’s lawyers recently spoke to FCC representatives about the interoperability proceedings and called them unnecessary, problematic, and cost-inducing.

AT&T also opposes the interoperability proposal. AT&T and others point to television channel 51 as the reason behind Band Class 17’s creation in the first place, citing interference problems.

A handful of interested parties met with the FCC to discuss the issue last month, but the FCC has not indicated when it may make a final ruling on the matter.

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