FCC to Help AT&T With LTE: Report - TheStreet

NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -

AT&T

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is reportedly about to receive some assistance in securing additional radio frequencies to expand its 4G/LTE footprint.

According to a published

media report

,

Federal Communications Commission

Chairman Julius Genachowski will submit a proposal to the entire Commission allowing AT&T to use a portion of spectrum that had previously been termed "cellular-unfriendly".

Three months ago AT&T asked the FCC for permission to expand its LTE service into a small portion of what is known as the WCS band (2.3 GHz) - which, until now, had been reserved for satellite radio use.

AT&T made its request to use these new frequencies following the official dissolution, in December 2011, of its proposed merger with carrier

Deutsche Telekom's

T-Mobile USA

following intense government opposition to the deal.

As part of the FCC deal, AT&T reportedly has agreed to leave enough space so that it won't interfere with

Sirius XM

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transmissions.

AT&T has previously stated that it would be able to build and deploy new 4G/LTE services on the 2.3 GHz band within three years.

Shares of AT&T crept up 0.32% to $38.2.

--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

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Gary Krakow is TheStreet's senior technology correspondent.