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.
Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Public Knowledge worked closely with the Federal Communications Commission and in the states to put regulations in place to prevent recurrence of the large scale, long term communications blackouts that followed the storm. Over the last two years, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has repealed these rules. Public Knowledge has challenged this deregulation in court.
Today, Public Knowledge joined 20 rural advocacy organizations, rural healthcare providers, rural network operators, and public interest advocates in a letter urging Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to preserve the existing Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) rules that enable small providers to offer service in rural areas.