FCC Clears 650MHz Spectrum for Wireless Backhaul
The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it has decided to free up a large block of 650MHz spectrum for microwave wireless backhaul purposes. According to the FCC, the block of spectrum covers half of the land mass of the U.S., or about 10% of the population. The FCC believes that the steps it has taken today will accelerate the roll-out of 4G mobile broadband networks, add jobs, and expand the availability of mobile broadband to more Americans — especially those in remote or rural regions. The FCC also voted to nix 50 federal laws in order to ease the process of making this spectrum available. Microwave backhaul is used in areas where it is cost prohibitive to deploy wired networks. In the U.S., the large wireless network operators have already created the wired/fiber backhaul networks they need to run their services (though they are continually being updated and improved).
T-Mobile Seeking mmWave Spectrum In Ohio for 5G
T-Mobile has agreed to purchase mmWave spectrum in Ohio that it has earmarked for 5G. Specifically, it is looking at 1150 MHz of LMDS spectrum.
FCC Greenlights AT&T Spectrum Deal
The FCC has approved AT&T's request to purchase two Cellular A Block licenses and microwave point-to-point spectrum from Cellular Properties Inc. The spectrum covers 11 counties and parts of two Cellular Market Areas in Illinois.
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.
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.