The Federal Communications Commission has approved a new pilot program to test how spectrum could be shared between agencies and the commercial sector, Nextgov reports.
According to Juliana Gruenwald’s report, T-Mobile will test the frequency range between 1755 and 1780 megahertz to examine impacts of sharing that portion of the spectrum.
Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement the agency wants to facilitate commercial mobile broadband services in that band, the report says.
T-Mobile will work with other manufacturers and carriers in the future, said Tom Sugrue, senior vice president of government affairs, according to the report.
In March, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration estimated it would cost the government around $18 billion over 10 years to move that portion of federal spectrum over to the commercial sector.
The FCC would fund the reallocation through auctions to the private sector, the NTIA said.