FCC Proposes Spectrum Sharing in Two Bands

As 2019 drew to a close, the FCC released Notices of Proposed Rulemaking that would open two bands to spectrum sharing:
  •  On December 12, the Commission proposed changes to rules governing the 3.1-3.55 GHz band that would remove non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations and relocate incumbent non-federal operations out of the band in order to prepare the band for commercial wireless use.
  • On December 19, 2019, the FCC proposed rule changes that would designate a portion of the 5.9 GHz band for unlicensed uses, such as Wi-Fi. For 20 years, the band has been reserved for use by Dedicated Short-Range Communications to enable vehicle-related communications. The Commission finds that DSRC has not been widely deployed and the spectrum has been unused.
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