CTIA Petitions FCC for More Commercial Spectrum
Today the CTIA wireless association filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission asking it for access to more spectrum for commercial use. In the letter, the CTIA urged the FCC "to commit to identifying and allocating a significant amount of spectrum — with a goal of at least 800MHz — for licensed commercial wireless services... Such an allocation would be an important step towards meeting rapidly accelerating demand and maintaining U.S. leadership in the global mobile broadband marketplace." The CTIA labels airwaves a critical resource, and says they must be freed up immediately to prepare for the future wireless broadband needs as the adoption of wireless data services continues to grow exponentially.
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: 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.
CTIA, CCA Want All Millimeter Spectrum Bands Auctioned Off Together
Two of the country's largest wireless lobbying organizations have asked the FCC to consider auctioning off the 37, 39, and 42 GHz bands at the same time it auctions off the 24 GHz band. The agency believes the 24 GHz band is prime real estate for forthcoming 5G service, and it has a loose schedule for that auction.
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.