FCC Adopts Rules for Spectrum Above 95 GHz
Friday, March 15, 2019 | Comments

The FCC adopted new rules to encourage the development of new communications technologies and expedite the deployment of new services in the spectrum above 95 GHz. Radio technology advancements have made these bands especially ripe for new development, the commission said.

These frequencies are especially suited for data-intensive high-bandwidth applications as well as imaging and sensing operations. Prior to this decision, the commission had no rules for authorizing communications above 95 GHz, other than by amateur operators or through experiments of limited duration and scope.

The spectrum horizons first report and order creates a new category of experimental licenses for use of frequencies between 95 GHz and 3 THz. These licenses will give innovators the flexibility to conduct experiments lasting up to 10 years and to more easily market equipment during the experimental period.

The item also makes a total of 21.2 gigahertz of spectrum available for use by unlicensed devices. The FCC selected bands with propagation characteristics that will permit large numbers of unlicensed devices to use the spectrum while limiting the potential for interference to existing governmental and scientific operations in the above-95 GHz bands, such as space research and atmospheric sensing.

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