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).
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