Senators Question FCC’s Pai on 6 GHz Proposal for Unlicensed Use
Friday, November 08, 2019 | Comments

A group of bipartisan senators requested a “thorough and thoughtful review” of the FCC’s 600 GHz proposal that would allow unlicensed use in the band. The senators told FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a letter that they have heard from critical infrastructure industries (CII) entities that are concerned the proposal doesn’t protect their mission-critical systems from harmful interference.

“As these entities provide critical, life-sustaining services, it is essential that the FCC protects these industries from harmful interference and continues to reserve the band for these licensed operations if the commission cannot ensure such protection,” the letter said.

The letter, which noted the Department of Energy’s similar concerns, was signed by Sens. James Risch, Mike Crapo, Maxie Hirono, Joe Manchin III, David Perdue, Shelley Moore Capito, James Inhofe, James Lankford, Kevin Cramer, Diane Feinstein, John Kennedy and Angus King Jr.

The letter said the FCC’s proposed mitigation tool to protect the CII networks from interference hasn’t been tested and “remains theoretical.” The senators said it is “bad policy to put these systems at risk.”

A group of House lawmakers sent Pai a similar letter in April.

The full letter from the senators is here.

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