The Federal Communications Commission recently proposed next steps to prepare the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands for auction. In particular, auctioning the 39 GHz and upper 37 GHz bands together presents a critical opportunity for 5G deployment as it represents the largest amount of contiguous spectrum available in the millimeter-wave bands.
The Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to transition existing spectrum holdings in the 39 GHz band (38.6-40 GHz) to the new flexible-use band plan in a manner that will promote the efficient use of this spectrum by incumbents and new licensees for new wireless services. The Fourth FNPRM also proposes related service rule changes for the Upper 37 GHz (37.6-38.6 GHz) and 47 GHz (47.2-48.2) bands.
Specifically, the Fourth FNPRM:
This Fourth FNPRM continues our efforts to make millimeter-wave spectrum available for wireless use to promote American leadership in the next generation of wireless connectivity, or 5G.
Action by the Commission August 2, 2018 by Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 18-110). Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly, Carr, and Rosenworcel approving and issuing separate statements.
SOURCE: The Federal Communications Commission