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.
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.
FCC Chair Floats 3.5GHz Sharing Proposal
The FCC is moving forward with plans to free up a portion of the 3.5GHz band for wireless broadband use. The agency has been exploring the idea of sharing the airwaves with the incumbent users, including the military, and wants to make 150MHz of the spectrum available for wireless purposes.
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.
Qualcomm's Next Target Is Unlicensed LTE Over 5GHz
Qualcomm today announced its initial foray with LTE into the unlicensed 5GHz band, spectrum that is normally reserved for WiFi networks. Qualcomm believes LTE-U, or LTE in unlicensed spectrum, could help carriers fill in blank spots with small cells.
FCC Commissioner Wants More Spectrum for WiFi
FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel today said the government needs to do a better job of allocating spectrum for unlicensed access, such as WiFi. Rosenworcel, speaking at the State of the Net Conference, emphasized the importance of WiFi and the role it plays in the economy.