• Petitions to deny the application of Softbank Corp. to acquire 70% of SprintNextel are due January 4, 2013, oppositions to the petitions to deny are due January 22, 2013, and replies are due February 1, 2013. Those filing petitions to deny become parties to the proceeding and may participate fully in the proceeding, including seeking access to any confidential information filed under a protective order, seeking reconsideration of decisions, and filing appeals of a final decision to the courts. Filings should be made in IB Docket No. 12-343. The Public Notice is available here.
  • At its December 12 Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish a new Citizens Broadband Service in the 3550-3650 MHz band currently used for military and satellite operations. The NPRM seeks comment on whether to include the neighboring 3650-3700 MHz band which is already used for commercial broadband services. The Commission believes that the proposed rules will promote the use of “small cells” and “spectrum sharing” in order to enable more efficient use of radio spectrum. “Small cells” are low-powered wireless base stations that can increase data capacity within a targeted area and fill in coverage gaps created by buildings, tower siting difficulties, or challenging terrain. “Spectrum sharing” refers to the use of automated techniques to facilitate the coexistence of disparate unaffiliated systems that would conventionally require separate bands to avoid interference. Such coexistence may happen, for example, by authorizing targeted use of new commercial systems in specific geographical areas where interference into incumbent systems is not a problem. Comments on the NPRM are due February 20, 2013, and Reply Comments are due March 22, 2013, in GN Docket 12-354. The full NPRM is available here.