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Speedy broadband deployment pitched to FCC

Grant Gross | Feb. 9, 2011
Broadband deployment can happen faster in the U.S. if government agencies remove some road blocks, several members of the telecom industry told the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday.

Sharing the AM towers would involve less government red tape for mobile broadband providers than building new towers, he added. "The [AM] sites are already there, they're well known, and they've been there for a long time," Behr said. "The zoning and the permitting typically is much faster."

Mobile providers have generally avoided sharing AM towers because the two industries don't understand each other's technologies, Behr said. Mobile broadband signals do not interfere with AM radio signals if the equipment is property installed, Behr said.

"Not only are they 1,000 megahertz apart, but they are 100 years apart," he said.

 

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