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Tom Wheeler: FCC Could Unlock DoD’s Frequency Band to Citizens Within 18 Months

FCCSealThe Federal Communications Commission is planning to pursue a frequency-sharing plan to let the public use Defense Department spectrum that resides in the 3.5 gigahertz band, CNET reported Monday.

Dara Kerr writes the agency aims to address concerns about crowded wireless frequencies due to rising numbers of mobile connections and devices.

“To seize those new opportunities — for job creation, health care, education, energy — entrepreneurs will have to update the way they do business, and the FCC has to update the way we manage and allocate spectrum,” Wheeler said at an event early this week, according to the report.

He said the band could be available to the public within 18 months.

According to the report, the 3.5 gigahertz band is currently used for Navy radars and air traffic control systems.

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