If AT&T, Inc., and Sirius XM Radio Inc., had any concerns about last week’s Federal Communications Commission Order on Reconsideration, they did not show it in any filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Order addressed the a revisit to remedies put in place in 2010 to address potential interference issues between Sirius XM’s terrestrial repeaters and AT&T Wireless Communications Services (WCS) base stations and customer premises equipment (CPE).
The highlight of the proceeding was an agreement between AT&T and Sirius to ground power level targets for AT&T’s WCS base and fixed stations. By implementing a self-monitoring mechanism for interference between their devices and components on their networks, both parties, as the FCC acknowledged, have made it easier to deploy mobile broadband services in the WCS spectrum while offsetting potentially harmful interference to Sirius XM’s receivers.
Investors in both companies should not see any negative impact in operations or revenues as a result of the agreement. Consumers of both companies’ services may not see any negative impact either as the agreement again works to ensure uninterrupted services. For the FCC it’s one less headache in their continued quest to identify more spectrum in order to ensure American households have access to mobile broadband services.
It looks like a rare win-win for regulators and industry.