FCC Commits to Opening Up More 5GHz Airwaves
The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Proposed Order of Rulemaking that will eventually lead to the availability of more unlicensed spectrum in the 5GHz band. Specifically, the FCC will make a 195MHz swath of spectrum available near the 555GHz band to help alleviate congested Wi-Fi networks. The FCC wants more wireless capacity to be available at large hubs, such as airports, convention centers, and other areas where large numbers of people gather. The FCC also said it would make it easier for manufacturers to build and certify equipment for use in this widened spectrum band. Today's decision highlights the FCC's efforts to free up spectrum for mobile broadband use. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski had first proposed opening up this spectrum in January.
FCC Sets Framework for 5G Airwaves
The FCC today adopted a new set of rules that will govern next-generation 5G networks and technologies. Specifically, the FCC defined and opened up nearly 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum above the 28 GHz band.
FCC Chair Says 5G Is a 'National Priority'
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to push the nation's 5G agenda forward this week by defining the spectrum that the wireless networks of the future will use. "I am circulating to my colleagues proposed new rules that will identify and open up vast amounts of spectrum for 5G applications," said Wheeler.
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 Lays Groundwork for Defining 5G Spectrum
The FCC today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to define the spectrum rules that may help form 5G networks in the U.S. It designated four new bands to be studied for 5G.
AIRWAVES Act Would Have FCC Auction Off 5G Spectrum
A new bipartisan act proposed by Congressman Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania aims to ensure the licensed and unlicensed spectrum needed for 5G is available. The Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum, or AIRWAVES Act, explicitly suggests the government free up high-band spectrum via auction in order to lay the groundwork for 5G.