Senate Appropriations Committee Expresses Concern About Unlicensed 6 GHz Use
Monday, December 07, 2020 | Comments
A draft version of the Senate Appropriation Committee’s fiscal year 2021 appropriations bill includes language expressing concern about interference in the 6 GHz band.

“As the FCC has authorized unlicensed use of the 6 GHz band, the committee expects the commission to ensure its plan does not result in harmful interference to incumbent users or impact critical infrastructure communications systems,” the language says. “The committee is particularly concerned about the potential effects on the reliability of the electric transmission and distribution system.”

The draft language said the committee expects the FCC to make sure that any technologies that are intended to mitigate potential interference in the band are “rigorously tested in coordination with relevant sector-specific agencies and found to be effective in order to protect the electric transmission system.”

The draft language would direct the FCC to report to the committee within 90 days of passage on progress in ensuring that rigorous testing is being performed.

Earlier this year, the FCC revised its rules to allow unlicensed use in the 6 GHz band. That action drew criticism, and legal challenges, from both public-safety and critical infrastructure organizations. Those organizations argued that unlicensed use could interfere with critical public-safety and critical infrastructure microwave operations in the band and jeopardize public safety.

A coalition of critical infrastructure industry organizations sent a letter to the Senate committee showing support for the draft language. In the letter, the organizations argued that the FCC downplayed report and analyses submitted by industry organizations that showed a likelihood of harmful interference to incumbent users.

Organizations that signed the letter included the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC), the American Gas Association, the American Petroleum Institute (API), the American Public Power Association, the American Water Works Association, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

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On 12/9/20, Dane Ericksen said:
Yes the Senate Appropriations Committee of course urges the FCC to ensure no IX to licensed users of the 6 GHz band and the FCC assures everyone that will be the case. But in reality they know it s all so much el toro doo doo The licensed users are just going to have to live with a degraded higher noise floor and chronic intermittent IX. Meanwhile the FCC pats itself on the back and FPUG pops its champagne corks FPUG EIBASS term for Flexible Use Pressure Group consisting of Apple Inc. Broadcom Corporation Cisco Systems Inc. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Facebook Inc. Google LLC Intel Corporation MediaTek Inc. Microsoft Corporation and Qualcomm Incorporated .

Welcome to the brave new world of total farce -62 dBm sensitivity contention based protocol CBP .

Dane Ericksen Chairman Engineers for the Integrity of Broadcast Auxiliary Services Spectrum EIBASS


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