FCC Terminates the T-Band NPRM as T-Band Act Becomes Law

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has terminated the T-Band Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in response to the recent passage of the Don’t Break Up the T-Band Act (T-Band Act).  The T-Band Act repeals the T-Band Mandate, which instructed the FCC to reallocate and auction frequencies used by public safety licensees in the 470-512 MHz spectrum band as a part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.  The Commission has opposed the T-Band Mandate citing “challenges and potential harm to first responder communication” that the reallocation of T-Band spectrum might cause.  To meet Congressional deadlines and directives, the Commission moved forward adopting the T-Band NPRM and sought comment in June 2020.  However, on December 27, 2020, the T-Band Mandate was repealed when the President signed the T-Band Act into law, officially eliminating the need for the T-Band NPRM.

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