The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted permission to several U.S. carriers to use additional spectrum to help meet increased customer demand for broadband services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press release issued on March 15th, the FCC announced that it has granted Special Temporary Authority to T-Mobile to access additional spectrum in the 600 MHz band. T-Mobile had requested the additional spectrum to support the significant spike in demand for online services, including telehealth, remote work platforms and distance learning.
T-Mobile’s spectrum access request was quickly followed by similar appeals from other carriers, including U.S. Cellular and Verizon. The requests were quickly granted by the FCC as well.