The Federal Communications Commission this week approved the use of LTE and other 3G radio technologies in the 800MHz spectrum band. Previously, the 800MHz band was limited to certain 2G technologies. The move will allow Sprint to eventually use its 800MHz spectrum holdings for its future LTE network. Sprint is still operating its iDEN network in the 800MHz band now, but is slowly decommissioning iDEN cell sites. Sprint has already received 3GPP certification for Band Class 26 to use its 800MHz spectrum for LTE. This week’s action by the FCC specifically removes certain technical restrictions faced by Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) licensees by allowing them to “operate across contiguous channels without a rigid channel spacing requirement or bandwidth limitation.” The new rules also protect public safety from interference in the 800MHz band.