The 700 MHz Guard Bands consist of a total of 4 megahertz of paired spectrum that was initially allocated to protect public safety operations in immediately adjacent bands from harmful interference while at the same time promoting the efficient use of this spectrum. The 700 MHz Guard Bands licensees must adhere to specific technical and operational measures designed to minimize interference to public safety licensees, to the extent that the Guard Bands remain adjacent to the public safety allocation in the 700 MHz Band. Guard Bands licensees can lease their spectrum to system operators or directly to end users through the Commission’s Secondary Markets spectrum leasing policies and rules. The current 700 MHz band plan includes recent changes to the sizes and spectral locations of the Guard Bands spectrum blocks, as compared to the initial allocation in 2000.
All 700 MHz Guard Bands licensees are required to file annual reports with information about the manner in which their spectrum is being utilized. The first report was due October 1, 2002. Going forward, the annual reports are due on March 1 of each year and must describe the licensee's state of operation as of January 1 of that year.
For more information on the 700 MHz Guard Bands, refer to the Rules set forth in 47 CFR Part 27
SECOND REPORT AND ORDER (FCC 00-90)
Service Rules for the 746-764 and 776-794 MHz Bands, and Revisions to Part 27 of the Commission's Rules
The Second Report and Order adopts licensing, technical, and operational rules for 6 megahertz of Guard Band spectrum in the 700 MHz bands, and establishes the Guard Band Manager as a new class of commercial licensee that will broker the Guard Band spectrum to make it available to system operators or directly to end users for fixed or mobile communications, consistent with technical restrictions and frequency coordination rules specified for these bands.