Press Release Spectrum Reform

Public Knowledge Applauds NPRM to Allow Unlicensed Use of 6 GHz Spectrum

October 23, 2018 , , , ,

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.

The following can be attributed to Phillip Berenbroick, Senior Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge:

“Today’s vote to advance the 6 GHz NPRM is an important step toward ensuring there is sufficient mid-band spectrum available for Wi-Fi and other unlicensed technologies. The Commission correctly notes that the vast majority of mobile traffic is offloaded on to unlicensed frequencies. As consumers’ appetite for mobile services, data, and applications continues to grow, adding more unlicensed spectrum capacity is critical to making certain that U.S. spectrum policy keeps pace with consumer demand.

“With the continued growth of the Internet of Things and next-generation 5G networks on the horizon, the Commission must continue to allocate enough low, mid, and high-band spectrum for unlicensed use. We look forward to working with the Commission to make its proposal a reality and to ensure U.S. spectrum policy benefits and meets the needs of consumers.”