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FCC Seeks to Authorize Mobile, Fixed Radio Services to Operate in Spectrum Bands Above 24 GHz

FCCSealThe Federal Communications Commission has proposed new rules that would provide licenses for mobile and fixed radio services to use frequencies above 24 gigahertz.

FCC said in a Federal Register notice posted Wednesday its proposed regulations cover flexible use rules for services that operate in the 24 Ghz, 32 Ghz, 42 Ghz, 47 Ghz, 50 Ghz, 70 Ghz and 80 Ghz bands.

FCC plans to adopt the geographic area licensing framework with partial economic area for services that operate between 24 Ghz and 50 Ghz and use a licensing system that is based on the Citizens Broadband Radio Service framework for the 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz bands.

The agency also proposed to hold spectrum auction for licenses on Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service bands, open the 3.85 GHz of millimeter wave spectrum for licensed use by mobile services as well as increase the unlicensed spectrum in the 57-71 GHz band to 14 Ghz.

“The commission believes these bands might be able to support expanded sharing, including two-way shared use between federal and non-federal users in these bands and sharing among different types of service platforms,” FCC said in the notice.

The agency said it will continue to collaborate with the satellite industry, wireless providers, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and other federal agencies to address allocation and operation issues in the cited spectrum bands.

Comments to the proposed rule are due Sept. 30, according to the notice.

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