Under a Second Report and Order issued in mid-November, the FCC has adopted new rules that:
- Make available an additional 1700 megahertz of millimeter wave (mmW) spectrum for terrestrial 5G wireless use;
- Maintain the unlicensed use of the 64-71 GH band;
- Modify its Part 15 rules to allow unlicensed operation in the 57-71 GH band on board most aircraft during flight; and
- Declines to cap the amount of spectrum in the 24 GHz and 47 GHz bands that a bidder can acquire in a spectrum auction.
In the same action, the Commission has also proposed to:
- Allow more flexible fixed-satellite service (FSS) use of the 24.75-25.25 GHz band;
- Eliminate the cap on the amount of spectrum in the 28, 37, and 39 GHz bands that can be acquired by a single bidder at auction; and
- Invite comments on other options for terrestrial mmW licenses to meet performance obligations that could accommodate IoT deployments and other innovative services.