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