WASHINGTON—AT&T is endorsing a regional repack and calling on regulators to get cracking on a plan.
“Execution of large-scale projects with complicated requirements like those contemplated by a robust broadcaster repacking plan contain inherent challenges and risks,” wrote AT&T’s Joan Marsh in a March 14 filing with the Federal Communications Commission. “We’ve seen this play out time and again, including with the DTV transition—which took well over a decade to complete and merited three Congressional extensions of time—and with the 800 MHz rebanding effort, which commenced June 27, 2005 for a proposed 36-month timeframe but is still ongoing today.”
The 800 MHz rebanding involved a repack of public safety radio users in spectrum adjacent to cellular frequencies. AT&T, expected to be one of the biggest buyers in the upcoming TV spectrum incentive auction, wants to take possession of that spectrum as soon as reasonably possible.