FCC Grants Waiver of Rules for Drone-Based Drive Tests
Tuesday, September 06, 2022 | Comments

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) granted a narrow waiver of its rules to GCI Communications. GCI requested the waiver to collect drive test data via uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) particular rural Alaska grid cells where there are no accessible roads.

With respect to those specific cells, the order waives the commission’s requirements that GCI conduct drive tests under the Alaska Plan with on-the-ground testing for grid cells with no roads and a population of one or greater for five grid cells. Additionally, the order waives the commission’s requirement that 800 MHz cellular telephones may not be operated while aircraft are airborne for 24 grid cells, only for the duration of GCI’s drive tests and subject to GCI conducting its drive tests in accordance with conditions set forth in the FCC’s Alaska Drive Test Order.

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