Satellite Operators Call for More Spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission has had conversations with Qualcomm and Skyterra in the past few weeks about an effort to use a combination of satellites and a terrestrial network known as ancillary terrestrial component (ATC), which could make 100 MHz of spectrum available for mobile broadband. Given that both the wireless industry and the FCC are unified in calling for more spectrum for mobile data services, the satellite companies are setting themselves up for a potential payday, but I still think it's a sucker's bet.

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