It's time to stop excluding spectrum from the screen

By: Libby Jacobson

As this filing lays out, Verizon has urged the Federal Communications Commission to correct the spectrum screen to include the full 194 MHz of Broadband Radio Service (BRS) and Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum. Some have claimed that the long and complicated history of these bands justifies their exclusion from the screen. But the paper that Verizon filed earlier today addresses these claims, traces the evolution of these spectrum bands from their origins in the 1960s to today, and demonstrates that continued exclusion of this spectrum that is being used today for mobile broadband services, is no longer defensible.

Read our full filing here [PDF].

Libby Jacobson focuses on social, digital and external communications for Verizon’s federal legislative, regulatory, and public policy teams. Libby is also the curator and editor of Verizon’s Public Policy blog, the hub for Verizon’s positions on regulatory and legal issues surrounding the information and communications technology industry. Before joining Verizon in 2012, Libby learned the digital communications craft as an analyst with a DC-area, social media PR firm, while moonlighting as a blogger. Libby lives and works in Washington DC, and is a Verizon FiOS enthusiast.