FCC Modifies Filing Freeze in 4.9 GHz Band
Thursday, October 21, 2021 | Comments

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) modified the temporary filing freeze on the acceptance and processing of some applications in the 4.9 GHz band.

The bureaus implemented the freeze last September to maintain a stable spectral environment in the band while it considered changes to rules governing the band. Following that, the FCC proposed and adopted a new framework that would allow states to license the spectrum, which is currently reserved for public safety, to non-public-safety entities.

That decision led to major backlash from public-safety entities, and this September, the FCC released an order vacating the framework and an order seeking comments on ways to move forward with the band while preserving public-safety use in it.

With the freeze last year, the FCC suspended acceptance of applications for new licenses authorizing operations of any kind in the band and applications to modify existing licenses authorizing operations in the 4.9 GHz band.

Under the temporary modification, 4.9 GHz band licensees can modify their licenses, whether for permanent fixed sites or geographic areas, as allowed under the rules and to allow existing 4.9 GHz band licensees to apply for new permanent fixed sites within their license areas.

The freeze remains on new license applications in the band.

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