SBE/56 Frequency Coordination Above 1 GHz – August 2013

Here is part of a recent email that I received from John Poray, who has passed along this posting that was in the SBE Signal.     Larry Miller  SBE/56

August 23, 2013
By Chris Imlay, SBE General Counsel

For those SBE members whose work involves television ENG, you need to read this, right now. There are ongoing, fast-moving negotiations among SBE, NAB, the Department of Defense, and NTIA that will likely have a profound effect on broadcasters’ use of the 2 GHz BAS band in the very near future. None of the following information will be a surprise to regular readers of the SBE Signal, but recent negotiations necessitate this update. The bottom line is that it is quite possible that broadcasters will, within the next year or so, have new sharing partners in the entirety of the 2025-2110 MHz band in the form of United States government terrestrial and aeronautical mobile facilities which will during that time have been displaced from the 1755-1780 MHz band (so that band can be auctioned for mobile broadband purposes).          . . .

Meetings are scheduled for next week among NAB, SBE and DOD to discuss sharing options and how to overcome the challenges of real time coordinated sharing. We will be analyzing the compatibility studies provided to date, and we will try to address the tough issues discussed above. There are some reporting deadlines that exist in September, and the plans at FCC to auction the 1755-1780 MHz band continue relentlessly. We will update you on the status of this issue as we go along. Stay tuned.

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