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AT&T asks FCC for rules around midband spectrum limits

September 7, 2021

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AT&T has asked the Federal Communications Commission to establish rules around how much midband spectrum that a 5G service provider can hold, saying that such rules “are needed to ensure that every provider has a fair and efficient opportunity to acquire the mid-band spectrum it needs” to deliver 5G.

AT&T called midband spectrum a “uniquely indispensable asset in any 5G provider’s spectrum portfolio” and noted that the FCC has already put rules in place — known as spectrum screens — around how much high- and low-band spectrum that carriers can cobble together; the spectrum screens provide a basis on which to scrutinize secondary spectrum market transactions.

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