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I dont really know much about spectrum, other then the bits and pieces I gain here; however, I came across this article regarding 800mhz spectrum and, of course, Sprint came to mind. Would the discussions in this article have any positive effect on how Sprint uses their 800mhz spectrum?

 

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/15/fcc-seeks-to-streamline-800mhz-band/

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No, the elimination of site based coverage determination affects Cellular 850 MHz (sometimes referred to as 800 MHz), but not SMR 800 MHz.

 

To this point, Cellular 850 MHz licensees have had to register the cell sites and their service contours that form the Service Area Boundaries (SAB) of their Cellular Geographic Service Areas (CGSA). More or less, this is a vestige of the AMPS days.

 

For example, here is an FCC ULS map of my home CMA with the VZW Cellular A-side registered sites marked:

 

http://wireless2.fcc...s+%28VAW%29+LLC

 

(The ULS-GIS is notoriously slow to load, so give it a few moments.)

 

Additionally, here is an actual SAB and CGSA map that VZW filed with the FCC prior to a modification of its Los Angeles CMA Cellular B-side license. The image quality is not great. But, again, note the registered sites marked on the map:

 

http://people.ku.edu...52118079408.gif

 

(Oddly enough, when I ran a Google image query on "CGSA," the map image that popped up was one that I had posted to Howard Forums six years ago. How is that for unintended self reference?!)

 

Parts of the Howard Forums thread containing the map above are also a good read about SAB and CGSA determination:

 

http://www.howardfor...76&page=4&pp=15

 

Finally, here is the FCC notice of proposed rulemaking released today:

 

http://transition.fc...FCC-12-20A1.pdf

 

AJ

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