WISPA Applauds FCC Action to Spur Use of “C-Band” Airwaves
Washington, DC – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is applauding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for taking steps toward enabling shared use of the so-called “C Band” airwaves (3.7 GHz to 4.2 GHz).
The FCC today announced that at its next meeting on July 12, it will vote on an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would continue the agency’s efforts to expand commercial use of the C Band spectrum by seeking public comment on whether and how to enable fixed and mobile uses in portions of the band. To inform the FCC’s decision-making, the agency is requiring fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations and space stations to provide a clearer understanding of their operations.
“The FCC is moving in the right direction on the C Band,” said WISPA President Claude Aiken. “Unlocking this spectrum for fixed wireless use would expand broadband access and competition for millions of rural Americans who lack choices today. If we get this right, we could quickly see more gigabit fixed wireless in rural America.
“Our members will leverage their existing operations in the neighboring band and quickly deploy service in rural areas if the rules are crafted in a way that ensures long-term certainty for fixed uses,” Aiken added. “We’ve shown that sharing with satellite receivers and others is possible through frequency coordination, and we look forward to supplementing the record.”
Exactly one year ago, the Broadband Access Coalition, including WISPA and more than 20 service providers, equipment vendors, trade associations, and advocacy groups, filed a petition for rulemaking that called for a new, licensed, point-to-multipoint (P2MP) fixed wireless service in the 3.7-4.2 band. The coalition’s proposal would enable gigabit and near-gigabit broadband service in rural and underserved areas; promote competition in all areas among various broadband technologies and licensees; and protect incumbents from harmful interference.
More than 500 favorable comments were received on the coalition petition, compared to just a handful of negative comments.
In meetings and filings since then, WISPA has also called for collecting more complete information in the earth stations database.
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