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AT&T Loses Challenge to FCC Opening 6 GHz Band for Broadband Use (1)

Dec. 28, 2021, 7:31 PMUpdated: Dec. 28, 2021, 8:57 PM

AT&T Services Inc. lost a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s plan for opening up the 6 GHz band of spectrum for unlicensed use to meet growing demand for wireless broadband access.

AT&T and other licensed users of the band claimed in a petition for review that the commission didn’t properly guard against harmful interference. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in a Tuesday order, denied their petition, except in relation to objections raised by radio and television broadcasters using the band.

The radio frequency is used for 911 dispatches and for controlling infrastructure like pipelines ...