FCC backs off Nextel plan for new spectrum
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON ó The Federal Communications Commission has pulled back its approval of a plan backed by Nextel Communications Inc. to secure new airwaves on which to transmit its phone traffic, sources said.
Nextelís cellular-phone systems interfere with police and emergency radio systems around the country. To remedy the problem, Nextel proposed giving up some of the airwaves to which it has rights and offered to pay $850 million to move public safety agencies to less-crowded frequencies. In return, it wants the rights to airwaves in the 1.9 gigahertz range.
Nextelís rivals have lobbied against that proposal, claiming that it effectively would give away a scarce public resource that is worth at least $1 billion more than what Nextel offered.