FCC Seeking More Spectrum for Broadband in 6 GHz

Concerns about potential interference from Higher Ground’s use of C-band satellite spectrum in the 5925-6425 MHz bands to deploy up to 50,000 earth stations hooked to smartphones may pale in comparison what is being considered through a “Mid-Band” Notice of Inquiry (NOI) expected to be adopted at the FCC meeting on August 3, 2017. This NOI will examine frequencies between 3.7 GHz and 24 GHz to begin the process of determining whether spectrum in this range can be made available for wireless broadband, focusing on potential opportunities in bands allocated for exclusive non-federal use and for shared federal and non-federal use. While recognizing that there are approximately 27,000 6 GHz microwave licenses, the NOI nonetheless asks whether there is potential for additional flexible wireless broadband use in the 5.925-6.425 GHz band. (Call sign E150095; GN 17-183)

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