June 21, 2017
New America’s Open Technology Institute filed a joint petition with the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of more than 20 service providers, equipment vendors, trade associations and non-profit public advocacy groups proposing open and shared use of a large band of underutilized spectrum to make high-capacity home and business broadband more available and affordable in rural and underserved areas.
The Petition for Rulemaking seeks to add a new, licensed, point-to-multipoint (P2MP) fixed wireless service in the underutilized 3700-4200 MHz band used primarily by fixed satellite services (FSS). The proposed licensing scheme and operating rules will enable gigabit and near-gigabit broadband service in rural and underserved areas, and promotes competition for broadband delivery among various technologies and licensees.
The Petition is submitted by a broad-based coalition of broadband providers, technology companies, trade associations, and non-profit public policy advocacy groups. The Petition seeks expedited adoption under Section 7 of the Communications Act, which requires a public interest determination within one year.
Summary of Petition
- Would authorize 500 megahertz of contiguous mid-band spectrum for licensed P2MP broadband services
- The shared use of the band for P2MP broadband services can be implemented rapidly and simply by the FCC and service providers because:
- Incumbent FSS and Fixed Service (point-to-point) will be protected from harmful interference.
- Existing Part 101 frequency coordination procedures will be used, pending transition to an automated frequency coordination system to be developed by a multi-stakeholder group.
- No new allocations are needed.
- There are no Federal government allocations in the band.
- No sophisticated spectrum management techniques, like SAS, are required.
See the full release, the joint petition and a summary of the joint petition here.