Has the FCC screwed up once again? Did the FCC analyze customer signal loss issues and interference that SiriusXM customers were experiencing? Our map below shows a few hundred reported problems. However, this data is only the tip of the iceberg and there are thousands of locations similar that have been unreported based on the traffic we are seeing on the topic to our web site. Why has the FCC overlooked this problem?
Sirius XM filed an objection to this deal to the FCC in Aug 2015. The company claimed that T-Mobile US’ AWS-1 cell sites are already interfering with its receivers. SIRIUS XM held that in the event of T-Mobile US receiving additional AWS-1 spectrums in several other markets, the signal interference will only get worse.
After hearing both sides’ arguments, the FCC ruled that SIRIUS XM failed to provide adequate reasons in favor of its argument. As a result, the FCC cleared the deal without imposing any restrictive conditions. The regulator, however, retained SIRIUS XM’s right to seek justice on the alleged interference problem in a different proceeding.
T-Mobile US argued that the company is using AWS spectrums in accordance with the FCC’s directives and regulations and therefore it is the duty of the SIRIUS XM to rectify the interference problem that it is facing. SIRIUS XM is currently coordinating with T-Mobile US to fix the issue. However, the company has warned that it may resort to other options if it fails to reach an understanding with T-Mobile US. See full article
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