FCC rejects Sirius XM's complaint, allows Verizon and T-Mobile to swap spectrum

FCC rejects Sirius XM's complaint, allows Verizon and T-Mobile to swap spectrum
On Thursday, the FCC agreed to let T-Mobile and Verizon complete a minor deal that amounts to a small swap of spectrum between the two carriers. In allowing the deal to go through, the FCC rejected complaints made by Sirius XM Holdings. The satellite radio provider told the FCC that some of the spectrum employed by T-Mobile interferes with its signals. As a result, Sirius said that the FCC should not grant anymore licenses to the carrier as it would just make the problem worse. 

The FCC decided in favor of T-Mobile, saying that in reviewing the exchange of licenses between T-Mobile and Verizon, the issue raised by Sirius of signal interference has nothing to do with the matter at hand. T-Mobile says that since it is using the spectrum it is licensed according to regulations, the onus is on Sirius to fix the problem by redesigning its radios.

The problem, according to engineers, is called intermodulation. In this situation, two frequencies used by T-Mobile have combined to form a third frequency inside Sirius radios. The new frequency is causing the interference.

While the FCC has rejected the complaints made by Sirius, the company says that it has not given up the fight. Company spokesman Patrick Reilly says that Sirius is "working constructively" with T-Mobile to solve the problem. Reilly adds that if the talks don't resolve the issue, Sirius will look at "other avenues" to fix the problem.

source: FCC via WSJ

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4 Comments

1. emvxl

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

"Reilly adds that if the talks don't resolve the issue, Sirius will look at "other avenues" to fix the problem.". "other avenues", do they mean "lawsuits"?

2. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

People still use XM? It's a no win for them. They can't upgrade every system in the market and customers are more likely to want cell data than an XM signal, data provides all the radio you want along with a million other things. So it's in everyone's best interest to prioritize data. A lawsuit is pointless when T-mobile is using their frequencies as required. Sucks to be XM.

3. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I use XM. Only because it came free for a year in my car. If you have XM DO NOT RE-SUBSCRIBE UNTIL they call you. You can get them for $25 every 6 months. They call you and try to sell this really high plan. If you keep denying them they eventually drop it to $25 for 6 months. That's a good price. My friend got hem for $15 for 6 months or $30 a year. Do not buy Sirius XM stock and do not sign for more than $25 for half a year

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

but why when you can simply use the web radio on your phone?

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