Monday, May 3, 2021
Benton Joins Public Interest Groups in Letter on 2G and 3G Sunsets
Earlier today, the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society joined in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, raising concerns about 2G and 3G wireless network sunsets. The following statement may be contributed to Benton Senior Counselor Andrew Jay Schwartzman, a co-author of the letter:
DISH and T-Mobile disagree about when and how T-Mobile can retire its 3G network. However, the FCC's highest priority should not be on the provisions of their contractual relationship, but on making sure that millions of 3G customers served by DISH and others do not lose service. These users tend to be older and lower-income, and the FCC will likely have to take affirmative steps to protect them while pursuing the goal of repurposing this spectrum for future 5G services.
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