The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and NTIA issue this joint public notice to provide information about Federal/non-Federal coordination in the AWS–3 bands in which Federal incumbents have spectrum assignments. We jointly refine certain AWS–3 Protection Zones, reducing them from nationwide scope to more specific geographic areas. We provide information and guidance on the overall coordination process, as contemplated by the AWS–3 R&O, including informal pre-coordination discussions and the formal process of submitting coordination requests and receiving results from relevant agencies. Also, we provide refined Protection Zones for AWS–3 licenses for which proximity to certain Federal satellite uplink stations could potentially cause harmful interference into AWS–3 licensee base stations along with a streamlined option for satisfying this coordination requirement.
September 17, 2014