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Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an Order to resolve a longstanding dispute between AT&T, DISH and a number of small rural carriers on rules to promote interoperability between holders of 700 MHz A Block licenses, primarily smaller rural carriers, and holders of 700 MHz B block licenses like AT&T. In addition, the interoperability agreement resolves concern by AT&T about potential interference from DISH's "E Block" spectrum.
Under the agreement, AT&T commits to use handsets that will work on both its own B Block spectrum and competing A Block spectrum, with a timetable for the adoption of interoperable devices. DISH agrees to reduce power for its E Block licenses, in exchange for relaxation of certain build out obligations.
The following statement may be attributed to Harold Feld, Senior Vice President: