Monday, June 20, 2016

14,000 MHz More Unlicensed Spectrum? Yes, Says FCC

The  Federal Communications Commission expects to vote July 14, 2016 on a proposal to free up frequencies above 24 GHz for 5G applications. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is prodigious, involving new “flexible use service rules” (spectrum sharing in licensed bands) in the 28 GHz, 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 64 GHz to 71 GHz frequency ranges.

Part of the plan apparently will call for allocating “Our plan proposes making a massive 14,000 more megaHertiz of unlicensed band,” says Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Compare that to the 100 MHz allocated in the United States for Wi-Fi at 2.4 GHz frequencies, and the 150 MHz allocated in the United States for Wi-Fi at 5.8 GHz frequencies. THe FCC is proposing to release two orders of magnitude (100 times) more unlicensed communications spectrum than presently is available to support Wi-Fi.
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