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Table of Contents - April 15, 2014

FCC's AWS-3 Order Approves Two More 5 MHz Paired Blocks

A report and order adopted by the FCC March 31 in its AWS (advanced wireless services)-3 proceeding adopts two additional 5-megahertz paired blocks than the item that originally was circulated to Commissioners earlier in March, pleasing smaller carriers and drawing criticism from AT&T, Inc.

Republican FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Mike O'Rielly took issue with particular provisions in the item, and concurred in part in the vote on it. Among their complaints were provisions dealing with interoperability involving the AWS-1 and AWS-4 bands.

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GAO Examines FCC Build-Out Regulations

The Government Accountability Office released a report March 28 examining the FCC's use and enforcement of build-out requirements to ensure frequencies are deployed in a timely manner.

"FCC's enforcement process for wireless-service licenses with buildout requirements primarily relies on information provided by licensees, and FCC followed its process for the five wireless services GAO reviewed," the report said. "Some stakeholders GAO interviewed said that self-certification is an effective way for FCC to enforce buildout requirements because it is public and transparent."

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