FCC Agrees to Test Shared Use of 1755-1780MHz Spectrum
The Federal Communications Commission today authorized testing of the 1755MHz to 1780MHz bands to explore if it might be reallocated from use by the federal government to use by the general public. The move follows a recommendation made earlier this year by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that suggested the government might be able to share that spectrum block with consumers. "The Commission hopes to facilitate commercial mobile broadband services in [the 1755-1780MHz] band," said FCC chair Julius Genachowski, "which would significantly benefit millions of U.S. wireless consumers and help drive the mobile innovation economy. As we move forward, we will continue to collaborate closely with key government agencies, including NTIA and the Department of Defense, as well as private sector partners, to gain greater spectrum efficiency and unlock the many potential benefits of government-commercial spectrum sharing." The block is currently used by certain government agencies. The FCC and other government organizations, including the Obama administration, are looking at various ways to recover up to 500MHz of spectrum for use with mobile broadband services.
FCC Chairman Opposes Idea of Government-Run 5G Network
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today said he disagrees with national security advisors' idea that the government should take control of 5G. "I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network," said Pai in a statement.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.
FCC Weighing Changes to 2.5 GHz Band for 5G
The FCC today said it is considering new rules for the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band. The FCC says much of this spectrum is unused across the U.S., particularly in rural areas.
FCC Hands Out More AWS-3 Licenses to Auction Winners
The FCC has delivered more licenses to winners of the AWS-3 spectrum auction, which concluded earlier this year. The bulk of licenses granted this week were given to Orion Wireless LLC and Geneseo Communications Services, and cover areas of Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Most companies still have 1X or EDGE networks which was a 2nd Generation technology.
Yet all you hear now is 4G or 4G LTE in all the commercials for wireless. If the FCC stop listening to the companies complain and impose rules that companies who are using the spectrum they have the most efficient way possible with tested technology will then be allowed to buy addition spectrum.
A wireless company like Verizon and AT&T has the weight behind them to ask the manufacturers to put 3G and 4G radios in the frequency they own but are using for a older technology so they can...
A problem with a lot of US companies - efficiency. They deem the initial costs outweigh the long term savings and overall benefit of both company and country.