Verizon is the latest US cellco to receive temporary spectrum boost

20 Mar 2020

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that its Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has granted Verizon’s request for Special Temporary Authority (STA) to use additional spectrum to help meet increased customer demand for mobile broadband access during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

The STA will allow the company to operate for 60 days using unused AWS-3 spectrum licenced to Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless LicenseCo. TeleGeography notes that both Northstar and SNR are affiliated with satellite TV giant-turned-wireless market aspirant DISH Network. DISH paid USD9.995 billion for 702 AWS-3 licences in Auction 97, which concluded in January 2015.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the FCC has already issued STAs to T-Mobile US (600MHz band) and US Cellular (AWS-3 band); both permits last 60 days.