FCC Proposes Making 3.45 – 3.55 GHz Band Available for 5G Deployment
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | Comments

The FCC proposed making 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum in the 3.45 – 3.55 GHz band available for 5G deployment across the contiguous United States. The commission also adopted rules for, and proposed additional changes to, the broader 3.3 – 3.55 GHz band.

This item from the FCC marks a step toward satisfying Congress’s directive in the MOBILE NOW Act to make new spectrum available for flexible use and to work with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to evaluate the feasibility of allowing commercial use in the 3.1 – 3.55 GHz band. It is also a critical step forward in the commission’s efforts to free up more spectrum for the commercial marketplace under its comprehensive 5G FAST Plan.

The adopted rules remove the secondary, non-federal allocations from the 3.3 – 3.55 GHz band. The report and order relocates non-federal radiolocation licensees to the 2.9 – 3 GHz band, allowing them to continue operating there on a secondary basis to federal operations. The order also allows amateur licensees to individually determine appropriate alternative spectrum from existing available spectrum allocations.

In a further notice of proposed rulemaking also adopted at its September 30 meeting, the commission proposed allocating the 3.45 – 3.55 GHz spectrum band for flexible-use service. The notice seeks comment on an appropriate regime to coordinate non-federal and federal use and proposes a band plan, as well as technical, licensing and competitive bidding rules for the band. Lastly, it seeks comment on details regarding the processes for relocating non-federal radiolocation operators to the 2.9 – 3 GHz GHz band and sunsetting amateur use in the 3.3-3.5 GHz band.

“We are excited by the opportunity to utilize more spectrum,” said Todd Schlekeway, president and CEO of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE). “More spectrum translates into more deployment opportunities for the telecommunications tower industry, while substantially advancing the nation’s critical communications capability by promoting the deployment of 5G.”

The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) also applauded the move.

“The consistent leadership in promoting 5G deployment provides incentives to invest in wireless infrastructure to meet consumer needs for more and more data,” said Matt Mandel, WIA vice president of government and public affairs.

Today’s item follows last month’s announcement by the White House and Department of Defense (DoD) that 100 megahertz of contiguous mid-band spectrum would be made available in the 3.45 – 3.55 MHz band for 5G commercial use while simultaneously minimizing impact to DoD operations.

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