FCC eases SMR restrictions in 800 MHz band

Taking additional steps to reduce barriers to the further deployment of wireless broadband Internet services, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has modified its rules to ease constraints on 800 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) licensees.

Under a Report and Order issued in May 2012, the Commission has amended its rules to allow geographically-based SMR licensees to operate across contiguous channels without a rigid channel spacing requirement or bandwidth limitation. The Commission says that these changes will allow SMR licensees to more efficiently used their licensed spectrum and speed their transition from legacy communications systems to 3G and other advanced technologies that can operate on either contiguous or non-contiguous spectrum.

At the same time, the Commission affirmed that the changes will not jeopardize public safety communications operating in the 800 MHz band or create undue interference.

Read the complete text of the Commission’s Report and Order on Mobile Radio Licenses.