Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on permitting shared use of the 1675-1680 MHz band. The band is currently allocated for federal weather tracking and monitoring purposes, and the Commission’s proposal would allow for non-federal wireless use of the band while protecting incumbent federal operations. Public Knowledge supports the Commission’s efforts to improve efficient use of spectrum resources, including sharing, in order to meet increasing consumer demand.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced the “Facilitate America's Superiority in 5G Technology (5G FAST) Plan” to ensure the United States wins the race to 5G wireless connectivity. The plan includes the nation’s largest spectrum auction in December 2019 and the promised future creation of a $20.4 billion rural broadband investment fund, “The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund,” to help close the digital divide.
Today, President Trump issued a Memorandum on Developing a Sustainable Strategy for America's Future. The Memorandum embraces the need for "a balanced, forward-looking, flexible and sustainable approach to spectrum management" that requires federal agencies to "thoughtfully consider whether and how their spectrum-dependent mission needs might be met more efficiently and effectively" and "to look for additional opportunities to share spectrum between federal and non-federal entities." To achieve these goals, the Memorandum mandates the creation of a National Spectrum Strategy and a National Spectrum Taskforce.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order to make changes to its Priority Access Licenses in the 3.5 GHz Band (3550-3700 MHz). Today’s action needlessly rolls back a unanimous 5-0 Commission vote from April 2015 and is counterproductive to helping the agency achieve its stated goal of closing the rural digital divide.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to promote the unlicensed use of the 6 GHz Band (5925-7125 MHz). Public Knowledge supports the Commission’s proposal and looks forward to working with the FCC to make this plan a reality.