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Today, Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC),
Mignon Clyburn, announced an agreement between AT&T and smaller
wireless carriers to enable interoperability standards for wireless
devices operating in the lower 700 MHz band. This makes it possible for
AT&T customers to maintain their devices if they were to switch to a
smaller wireless carrier. In the past, Public Knowledge called on the FCC to create interoperability standards that enhance competition and help consumers save money.
The following can be attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, President and CEO:
"We thank Chairwoman Clyburn for her leadership in helping forge an interoperability agreement between AT&T and small competitive wireless carriers. This agreement will make it possible for smaller wireless carriers to compete with larger service providers to the benefit of consumers. Enabling standards of interoperability at the lower 700MHz band gives consumers the chance to use their devices with large and small wireless carriers without purchasing a new device.
"Today's agreement also means that low-cost equipment will be available to smaller wireless carriers and they will be able to roam on AT&T's network as well as build out their own network. This could dramatically improve wireless availability and wireless competition in rural areas, as these smaller local providers will now be able to build out their 700 MHz A Block license networks.'