Press Release Spectrum Reform

FCC Adopts Innovative Spectrum Sharing Regime as Step Forward for Licensed and Unlicensed Use

April 28, 2016 ,

Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved an Order finalizing rules for an innovative spectrum sharing regime in the 3.5 GHz band. The Order will make 150 MHz available for commercial and unlicensed use and create an innovative spectrum sharing regime for the 3.5 GHz band.

The following can be attributed to Phillip Berenbroick, Government Affairs Counsel at Public Knowledge:

“The innovative licensing framework adopted by the Commission should serve as a model for future spectrum allocation. There is a finite amount of spectrum, but a seemingly infinite appetite for mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, and Internet of Things devices that overwhelmingly rely on unlicensed spectrum.

“Today, the FCC cleared the way for the first of its kind spectrum sharing regime in the 3.5 GHz band. The rules will make 150 MHz of additional spectrum available for mobile broadband use, while also allowing for contemporaneous, non-interfering unlicensed use of the band. Federal users will continue to operate in the 3.5 GHz band, mobile network operators will be able to offer licensed wireless services in the band, and unlicensed operations will be permitted on unused frequencies and on a non-interfering basis where federal or licensed users are present.”