FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 7, Pages 4843 to 5761, March 28 - April 08, 2011 Page: 5,732
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Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
1. As required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, as amended (RFA),' an Initial
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) was incorporated in the Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile
Satellite Service Bands at 1525-1559 MHz and 1626.5-1660.5 MHz, 1610-1626.5 MHz and 2483.5-2500
MHz, and 2000-2020 MHz and 2180 MHz Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry (Notice).
The Commission sought written public comment on the proposals in the Notice, including comment on the
IRFA. This present Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (FRFA) conforms to the RFA.
A. Need for, and Objectives of, the Report and Order
2. This Report and Order continues the Commission's efforts to enhance competition and
speed the deployment of terrestrial mobile broadband. While ensuring the United States maintains robust
mobile satellite service capabilities, in the Report and Order the Commission takes steps to make
additional spectrum available for new investment in terrestrial mobile broadband networks.
3. The Report and Order takes two actions. First, we add co-primary Fixed and Mobile
allocations to the Table of Frequency Allocations for the 2 GHz band,4 consistent with the International
Table of Allocations. Under this allocation, Fixed and Mobile services will have equal status to Mobile
Satellite Services (MSS). This allocation modification is a precondition for more flexible licensing of
terrestrial services within the band and lays the groundwork for providing additional flexibility in use of
the 2 GHz spectrum in the future. The Report and Order does not change the status of the existing MSS
licensees nor grant authority for terrestrial operations in the band beyond what are currently pennitted
under the Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) rules.s
4. Second, the Report and Order applies the Commission's secondary markets policies and
rules applicable to terrestrial wireless radio services to spectrum leasing arrangements involving the use
of MSS bands for terrestrial services. Specifically, the Report and Order allows MSS/ATC licensees to
enter spectrum manager leasing arrangements, which will increase competition, improve spectrum
efficiency, and allow small entities greater access to spectrum.
B. Summary of Significant Issues Raised by Public Comments in Response to the IRFA
5. There were no comments filed that specifically addressed the rules and policies presented
in the IRFA.
C. Description and Estimate of the Number of Small Entities To Which the Rules Will
6. The RFA directs agencies to provide a description of, and, where feasible, an estimate of
the number of small entities that may be affected by the rules and policies adopted herein.6 The RFA
generally defines the term "small entity" as having the same meaning as the terms "small business,"
See 5 U.S.C. 603. The RFA, see 5 U.S.C. 601-612. has been amended by the Small Business Regulatory
Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA), Pub. L. No. 104-121, Title II, 110 Stat. 857 (1996).
2 See Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite Service Bands at 1525-1559 MHz and 1626.5-1660.5 MHz,
1610-1626.5 MHz and 2483.5-2500 MHz, and 2000-2020 MHz and 2180 MHz, ET Docket No. 10-142, Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of lnrquiry, 25 FCC Rcd 9481 (2010) (MSS NPRM and MSS NO).
3 See 5 U.S.C. 604.
4 47 C.F.R. 2.106.
s Any terrestrial use of the 2 GHiz MSS bands must comply with the Commission's service and licensing rules for
65 U.S.C. 603(b)(3).
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