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. Specifically, Google is targeting the 3.5GHz band, which has about 150MHz of semi-open spectrum. The band is currently being used by the U.S. Navy, but Google says interference can be avoided by creating three tiers of access to the spectrum. The top tier would be for the government, the middle tier for select companies in limited geographical areas, and the rest open for all to use. Google envisions the spectrum could be utilized by startups or other small companies looking to offer wireless broadband to parks and other public areas in cities. Google's goal is to reduce the cost of internet access, which may in turn lead to more peoples selecting its online services when using their mobile devices. The FCC plans to vote on what to do with the 3.5GHz spectrum band later this year.
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.
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 Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G
The FCC today issued a Notice of Inquiry concerning new spectrum bands it is eying for potential 5G deployments. Until today, the FCC has targeted 5G deployments in spectrum below the 3.7 GHz band and above the 24 GHz band.
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.
Senators Revive Wireless Innovation Act
A quintet of Senators recently re-introduced the Wireless Innovation Act of 2015, which asks the federal government to find 200 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband. The act was sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio, Roger Wicker, Kelly Ayotte, Cory Gardner, and Ron Johnson.