6 GHz Incumbents Should Audit Systems Ahead of New Rules July 27
Tuesday, June 02, 2020 | Comments

The FCC’s report and order permitting unlicensed operations on 1,200 megahertz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band was published in the Federal Register May 26, setting July 27 as the effective date for the new rules.

Incumbent licensees should audit existing 6 GHz microwave systems to ensure that site-specific information, such as coordinates and antenna height, is accurate, said law firm Keller and Heckman in an email. An automated frequency coordination (AFC) system will rely on licensed data from the Universal Licensing System (ULS) to calculate interference potential.

The commission's proposed rule seeking to allow a new class of unlicensed devices to operate throughout the entire 6 GHz band at low power levels was also published in the Federal Register last week, setting the comment and reply comment deadlines on June 29 and July 27, respectively.

The FCC adopted the new rules in April. Last week, the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International filed two formal petitions regarding the FCC’s new 6 GHz rules. The first petition urged the FCC to repeal the new rules and fix numerous problems, and a petition for stay asked the FCC to prohibit the new rules from taking effect until the petition for reconsideration is under review.

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