FCC to vote on spectrum-sharing plan on April 17

FCC to vote on spectrum-sharing plan on April 17

On April 17, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on a plan for the sharing of valuable 3.5GHz wireless spectrum. The spectrum sharing plan on which the FCC will vote next month could serve the military, mobile service providers as well as individual broadband users.

The spectrum-sharing plan on which the FCC is scheduled to vote next month involves the opening up of frequencies from 3550-3700MHz by the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) to three classes of users. The user classes to which the mentioned frequencies will be opened up include new mobile-device owners who could use the service the way they use Wi-Fi.

With the 3.5GHz band used chiefly by Army and Navy radar systems and satellite equipment, the CBRS spectrum-sharing plan proposes the sharing of the band with effectively unlicensed access which can be obtained by anybody who purchases an authorized mobile device.

Moreover, other than owners of new mobile devices, the licenses will also be auctioned off by the FCC to service providers, who would be able to benefit from some protection against interference caused by the unlicensed users.

The FCC’s next-month vote on the CBRS’ spectrum-sharing plan comes after numerous rounds of study and public comment on the proposal for over than two years.

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