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WISPA Applauds FCC Action Proposing Expansion of Flexible Use Mid-Band Spectrum

PRESS RELEASE

Washington, DC – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for taking steps toward expanding the use of mid-band spectrum, also known as the C-Band (3.7-4.2 GHz).

Today, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) identifying new opportunities for more intensive terrestrial use in spectrum between 3.7 and 4.2 GHz. The Notice seeks public comment on expanding fixed point-to-multipoint use in the band on a shared basis, and how to protect incumbent users in this band. The Notice also seeks comment on service and technical rules that would enable efficient use by any new service in the band.

"WISPA applauds the FCC for kicking off a C-band rulemaking that has tremendous potential to close the digital divide,” said WISPA President Claude Aiken. “We are pleased that the FCC is seeking comment on making spectrum available for fixed gigabit rural broadband." 

“Ensuring that a significant portion of the band is available for licensed point-to-multipoint service will enable small, rural businesses to bring high-speed broadband the communities that they live and work in,” said Aiken. “We look forward to working with the FCC to ensure that this dream becomes a reality." 

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, fixed point-to-multipoint wireless service in the 3.7-4.2 GHz 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.    

Hundreds of favorable comments were received on the coalition petition, compared to just a handful of negative comments.   

   

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Breyana Franklin mailto:breyana@dalecurtiscommunications.com 202-495-3703  

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