FCC Grants STAs to AT&T, Verizon for AWS Spectrum
Monday, March 23, 2020 | Comments

The FCC granted requests from AT&T and Verizon for special temporary authority (STA) to use additional spectrum to help meet Americans’ wireless broadband needs across the country during the national COVID-19 emergency. AT&T was granted authority for 60 days to operate in AWS-4 band spectrum licensed to Dish. In addition, AT&T and Verizon were granted similar authority to use AWS-3 spectrum currently held in the FCC’s inventory.

“Consumers and businesses across the country are making the necessary adjustments to maintain social distance during the coronavirus pandemic,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “This means an increased reliance on wireline and wireless broadband services. The FCC has been coordinating closely with network operators to ensure those networks remain up and running. We have been encouraged by the feedback we have received so far both regarding the ability of their networks to handle changes in usage patterns caused by the coronavirus outbreak and how networks are performing so far.”

The STA is the second for Verizon, which last week also received an 60-day STA for AWS-3 spectrum licensed to Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless License to provide additional capacity to Verizon customers across the country.

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