1/09 – Comments Supporting a Rulemaking to Open the 1,000 MHz C-Band for Fixed Wireless and Unlicensed Use

New America’s Open Technology Institute and Public Knowledge (“OTI & PK”) submit these Comments in response to the Commission’s Public Notice on December 9 seeking comment on the Petition for Rulemaking filed by the Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition (FWCC) in relation to expanding shared access to several underutilized bands shared on a co-primary basis between Fixed Service (FS) and Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) licensees. OTI & PK support FWCC’s proposal to open a rulemaking, particularly with respect to C-Band spectrum at 3700 - 4200 MHz and 5925 – 6425 MHz. We do not, however, support the specific rule changes proposed by FWCC and urge the Commission to consider alternative approaches that could facilitate more efficient and intensive use of these bands while protecting incumbent operations from harmful interference.

Read the full comments here.