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  • The FCC has announced that it is reconsidering its second report and order on PCS. Who knows how this will turn out? However this turns out in this matter will certainly affect the upcoming spectrum auctions. We'll watch any and all developments in this area and report on them to you in our next issue.

  • The NTIA (National Telecommunications Industry Association) has filed a request with the FCC to free up an additional 50 Mhz of frequency spectrum that now belongs to the Federal Government on a primary user basis. The NTIA coveted spectrum is between 2.3 and 2.4 GHz. It is currently used by the government for military, aerospace and space telemetry and command / control applications. The main secondary users of this spectrum are Ham Radio operators of equipment around 2304 MHz. The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) is fighting the NTIA in this matter. Ham uses of this spectrum include narrowband, weak signal "moon-bounce" communications as well as point to point voice, data and video (ham TV) services, NTIA has asked the public for comments and should have received them by May 11. Watch for developments.

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