While everyone pretty much agrees that releasing more spectrum is good, the experimental nature the FCC is taking with the 3.5 GHz band isn't making all wireless carriers jump with joy. In fact, CTIA says the FCC failed to put into place appropriate incentives and protections for licensed users and risks undermining the success of its spectrum sharing model.
The FCC today reaffirmed its decision to create the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz band and took steps to finalize the rules for a new experimental sharing regime, making 150 MHz available for mobile broadband and other commercial uses.
While AT&T and EchoStar agreed to a potential sharing framework for the 28 GHz band, other stakeholders in the satellite industry and AT&T rival Verizon are still working on complicated technical details to make sharing possible.
Reacting to a proposal for sharing in the 28 GHz and 37/39 GHz bands as outlined by AT&T and EchoStar, Boeing says its proposal represents only a single viewpoint and should not be taken to represent a consensus within the satellite industry.
Ofcom published a new framework that it will apply to future decisions on spectrum sharing, and also said it is considering the 3.8-4.2 GHz band as the first opportunity under the structure for shared access.
AT&T and EchoStar executives presented their potential framework for sharing the 28 GHz band and the 37.0-40.0 band to the FCC, saying they believe it achieves three primary goals.
Google is fending off calls for extended perimeter protection for incumbent users in the 3.5 GHz band, calling the proposals "overprotective" and warning they could limit spectrum availability.
LightSquared wants the FCC to start a formal comment proceeding on a proposal to share the 1675-1680 MHz band between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a commercial wireless network.
The National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN) has launched its first spectrum-sharing project, focusing on the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), with Federated Wireless.
The FCC voted today to adopt new spectrum sharing tools and policies to make 150 MHz of spectrum available for mobile broadband and other commercial uses. The radio waves sit in the 3.5 GHz band that previously was locked up by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).