FCC Proposes Usage Rules for Wireless Broadband Above 24 GHz; Tom Wheeler Comments

FCCSealThe Federal Communications Commission has proposed new rules for higher-frequency wireless broadband services in support of efforts to establish a regulatory environment for mobile technologies that operate in frequencies above 24 gigahertz.

FCC said Thursday its proposals cover authorization schemes and flexible-use service rules for the 28 GHz, 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 64 to 71 GHz bands.

The availability of higher-frequency bands facilitates the delivery of 5G mobile service and other next-generation mobile applications that can potentially benefit the U.S. economy, the commission added.

“Our expectation is that this new technology will enable a platform that can support multiple uses and users… [and] also networked industrial applications, sensors and an unknowable number of other wirelessly enabled devices,” FCC Chair Tom Wheeler said in a statement.

The notice of proposed rule-making also seeks public comment on the suggested technical rules and licensing options as well as opportunities with other high-frequency bands above 24 GHz.

Wheeler noted that the NPRM is part of efforts to promote innovation, security, wider access and further developments in the area of wireless technology.

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