FCC's 3.1-3.55 and 4.9 GHz Actions Work to Open up New Spectrum GreenfieldsThe following statement may be attributed to Louis Peraertz, VP of Policy for WISPA:
Washington, DC, September 30, 2020 – Sub-6 GHz greenfield spectrum is hard to come by. Legacy use models and their poor husbandry have put many “fields” off limits to growth and expansion. Today’s actions by the FCC – steps toward opening up the underutilized 3.1 – 3.55 GHz and 4.9 GHz bands to commercial use – change that, seeking to create new spectrum greenfields so that they may be better tilled by diverse innovators and entrepreneurs.
We congratulate the FCC on these important steps. WISPA especially appreciates the efforts of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks for changing the initial draft of the 3.1 – 3.55 GHz Further Notice so that it now seeks comment on alternative proposals that would incorporate, in the 3.45 to 3.55 GHz portion, similar approaches the Commission used in the CBRS band, such as smaller license areas, lower power levels, and opportunistic use. As the Commission moves forward with its plans, we urge it to use spectrum utilization models it knows work, as well as ensure that the very smallest players have meaningful access to these and other growth opportunities. The resulting harvest will help fill the plates of ever-hungry wireless broadband consumers.
WISPA’s 1000 members are composed of fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and the industry that supports fixed wireless broadband, including equipment suppliers, support services, and other components needed to run a successful business. Our members, and WISPs, in general, provide broadband access to over 6 million residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.