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 Agrees to Open 3.5GHz for Wireless Service
The FCC today voted unanimously to approve a Report and Order that will free up 150MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The idea had been floated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last month.
Sprint Complains to FCC Over Proposed Spectrum Screen
Sprint submitted a proposal to the Federal Communications Commission this week in response to the FCC's suggested spectrum screen reforms. The FCC established spectrum screens to help it weigh how much spectrum is owned by wireless network operators in a given market.
Google Wants Gov to Open Up Unlicensed Spectrum
Google is asking U.S. regulators to make huge swaths of wireless spectrum available for unlicensed use.
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.
Verizon Pushing FCC to Reconsider Auction Rules
Verizon Communications recently met with Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission in an attempt to convince the agency to abandon its proposed rules for an upcoming auction. The FCC has scheduled a reverse auction for the middle of 2015 that will see television stations voluntarily give up their spectrum, which will then in turn be auctioned off to wireless network operators.