6 GHz Rules Adopted

On April 23, the FCC adopted its Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking permitting unlicensed operations in the 6 GHz band. The FCC summarized its decision as follows:
  • The 6 GHz band is currently populated by microwave services that are used to support utilities, public safety, and wireless backhaul. Unlicensed devices will share this spectrum with incumbent licensed services under rules designed by the FCC that are intended protect all operations.
  • The Report and Order authorizes indoor low-power operations over the full 1,200 megahertz and standard-power devices in 850 megahertz in the 6 GHz band. An automated frequency coordination system will be initiated with the intended purpose of preventing standard power access points from operating where they may cause interference to incumbent services.
  • The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on a proposal to permit very low power devices to operate across the 6 GHz band to support high data rate applications including high-performance, wearable, augmented-reality and virtual-reality devices. The notice also seeks comment on increasing the power at which low-power indoor access points may operate.  (ET 18-295; FCC 20-51)
It is reported that CTIA intends to propose to have microwave systems in the less encumbered U-NII-7 band (6.525-6.875 MHz) relocated to 7/8 GHz Federal spectrum and reallocated for licensed wireless use.
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