FCC Votes to Free Up Spectrum for Unlicensed Use

According to the report in Broadcasting & Cable, the FCC has voted unanimously in support of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to open up 1,200 Mhz of spectrum for unlicensed use, five times the current unlicensed spectrum, with rules to protect against interference with incumbent users.

The FCC is opening up the 6 GHz band of spectrum to unlicensed devices using automatic frequency control (AFC) devices to prevent interference with licensed users. All the commissioners pointed to the need to relieve congestion in the wireless band, including under the direction of Congress in the Mobile Now Act, which tasked the FCC with finding more spectrum for 5G.

A copy of the FCC press release is here.

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