FCC Makes More Moves to Secure 5G Spectrum
The FCC this week laid out plans to ensure that the country has enough spectrum prepared for 5G service. The agency published new rules for millimeter wave spectrum in the 24 GHz and 37 GHz bands. For example, in the 24 GHz band the FCC adapted a rule requiring interoperability between forthcoming terrestrial 5G service and the existing Fixed Satellite Service for which the band is currently used. The agency also set a band plan for spectrum aggregation rules for the lower 37 GHz band. It denied some requests from unnamed entities to permit geographic area-based licensing for the bands. Last, the agency is seeking input in freeing up an additional 2.75 GHz of spectrum in the 26 GHz and 42 GHz bands, which it will coordinate with use of the lower 37 GHz band. "The Commission takes these actions in response to the growing demand for spectrum-based services and to facilitate the development of 5G," said the agency. "The Commission will continue to take steps to facilitate access to additional low-band, mid-band, and high-band spectrum for the benefit of American consumers." The first such step gets underway in November with the forthcoming auction for 28 GHz spectrum.
May 14, 2018
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.
Oct 23, 2018
The FCC today proposed two separate actions meant to free up more spectrum for wireless broadband use. The first covers the rules governing the 3.5 GHz band (Citizens Broadband Radio Service).
Jul 10, 2019
At today's FCC meeting, the Commission voted to approve two actions that will open up four radio frequency bands to new 5G service. Three of the bands are ultra-high mmWave frequencies near 40 GHz, while the fourth is mid-band, near 2.5 GHz.
Jul 13, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai this week announced his plan for auctioning off five specific swaths of millimeter-wave spectrum for 5G services. While industry leaders have been calling for one auction process, Pai is proposing three auctions between November and the end of 2019.