WISPA Praises FCC’s 6 GHz Proceeding as Boon for Consumers and Rural Areas
In comments submitted at the FCC, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) notes that because its members are making use of the 6 GHz band in both licensed and unlicensed applications, they understand both the need to protect incumbent licensees from harmful interference and create new opportunities for spectrum sharing and more unlicensed uses. To make the spectrum especially useful for rural broadband deployments, WISPA is asking the FCC to make up to 950 megahertz available for higher-power outdoor use under rules that harmonize with those in the nearby 5 GHz band. This spectrum can be automatically coordinated to ensure that the spectrum can be effectively and safely shared with licensed users in the band.
Because there are no federal incumbents or mobile operations in the band, WISPA agrees that an automated frequency coordination (AFC) system can be designed as a simple database that is easy to implement to provide interference protection and to promote efficient and responsible unlicensed use. WISPA also supports adoption of proposals to make the entire 6 GHz band available for lower-power indoor operations to support Wi-Fi and other consumer uses. WISPA President Claude Aiken said, “The large majority of small, rural, fixed wireless operators need more unlicensed spectrum to bring consumers faster and more ubiquitous broadband. Higher power limits in the 6 GHz band would ensure that making this spectrum available benefits rural broadband in addition to urban Wi-Fi.”
WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the fixed wireless Internet service provider industry. WISPA has over 800 members that support WISPA’s advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives. For more information, visit www.wispa.org.
Breyana Franklin for WISPA
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