FCC moves forward on 3.45-3.55 GHz, asks for input on CBRS-like approaches

The FCC voted on Wednesday to move forward on opening up mid-band spectrum in the upper 3.1-3.55 GHz band for commercial services, including 5G.

In a unanimous decision, the commission adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that targets 100-megahertz in the 3.45-3.55 GHz portion for fixed and mobile wireless services. The White House and Department of Defense (DoD) in August agreed the 100-megahertz swath, which currently houses federal military users, could be used for commercial 5G deployments at full power levels desired by the industry. 

A related Report and Order proposed last December removes secondary non-federal operations from the 3.3-3.55 GHz portion to ready the band. That includes existing radiolocation licensees that will be relocated to the 2.9-3.0 GHz band and amateur radio operations that will individually decide what other available spectrum to use. Both can continue using the band while the 3.45 GHz rulemaking continues.

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