Vendor Launches Initiative to Protect 6 GHz from Unlicensed Use
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Comments

Microwave equipment manufacturer Aviat Networks launched a website that allows industry officials to sign an ex parte letter petitioning the FCC to oppose frequency sharing at 6 GHz.

The FCC last year released a notice of inquiry (NOI) on ways to expand opportunities for mid-band spectrum from 3.7 to 24 GHz. In January, a consortium of companies including Apple, Facebook and Google filed a request that unlicensed devices be allowed to operate in the 6 GHz band.

“We believe that implementation of this proposal would significantly impact existing mission-critical services in this band,” said the website sponsored by Aviat.

“We are petitioning the FCC with an ex parte letter, which will be submitted to the FCC,” said Ruth French, Aviat product compliance manager. “The ex parte letter will carry Aviat’s name and also the names of those who endorse the letter via the website Protect 6 GHz. We will be carefully validating the names of those who endorse the letter before submitting the letter to the FCC via an online filing.”

Earlier this month, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International questioned the validity of an analysis of unlicensed services in the 6 GHz band in discussions with FCC officials.

Last October, several mission-critical communications groups submitted comments to the FCC’s NOI, generally opposing expanded use of the 6 GHz bands for unlicensed and licensed broadband wireless fixed and mobile services.

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