Straight Path settles spectrum dispute with FCC

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Straight Path Communications has reached a comprehensive settlement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) related to the company’s wireless spectrum licenses, the company has announced.

As part of the agreement, the FCC has terminated its investigation of Straight Path, and now the company can move forward with the vast majority of its nationwide 39 GHz spectrum fully intact, and its 28 GHz spectrum unchanged.

Both 28 and 39 GHz, spectrum bands were the recent beneficiaries of a dramatic rule change instituted in July 2016 by the FCC’s Spectrum Frontiers Report & Order, which allows these bands to be used for mobile wireless and is central to the industry-wide push to 5G to provide higher speeds to hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses throughout the US.

Davidi Jonas, CEO at Straight Path Communications, said: “These licenses allow us to continue as a leader in the next frontier of telecommunications. Straight Path Communications’ spectrum is part of the bedrock for 5G and will play an important role in the development of this next-generation ecosystem, underscored by activities already underway by leading wireless carriers and equipment manufacturers in the US.”

Jonas said: “Post-settlement, Straight Path Communications holds an average of 620 MHz in the top 30 US markets and covers the entire nation with 39 GHz spectrum. Additionally, the Company has retained all of its 28 GHz spectrum licenses. With this settlement, we have cleared the way for a review of strategic alternatives to maximise shareholder value. To represent us in our endeavours, we have retained Evercore, a premier independent investment banking advisory firm.”

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