Verizon Gets Extra Spectrum to Boost Network During Pandemic

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The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau granted Verizon’s request for Special Temporary Authority (STA) to use additional spectrum to help meet increased customer demand for broadband during the coronavirus pandemic. The STA will allow the company to operate for 60 days in spectrum licensed to Northstar Wireless LLC and SNR Wireless LicenseCo in the AWS-3 Band in order to provide additional capacity to Verizon customers nationwide. 

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai thanked Northstar and SNR, “for their willingness to allow this use of the spectrum for which they hold licenses. I’m also grateful to Verizon for seeking out ways to meet increased consumer demand.” Pai also thanked NTIA and the Department of Defense for their efforts to help the FCC quickly grant the emergency authority.     

The agency recently granted similar requests from T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.

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