FCC proposes to allocate additional spectrum for AWS

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed the reallocation of certain spectrum bands in an effort to free up additional spectrum capacity for advanced wireless services (AWSs).

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued in July 2013, the Commission proposed to license the 2155-2180 MHz band for downlink/base station operations and the 2020-2025 MHz band for uplink/mobile operations. Both spectrum bands are currently unused and available for licensing. In addition, the Commission proposed to license the 1755-1780 MHz band and the 1695-1710 MHz bands for uplink/mobile operations on a shared basis with current Federal spectrum license holders. The Commission’s Notice also addresses possible technical solutions for sharing spectrum in these bands to avoid interference.

The Commission has also proposed to assign licenses in the above spectrum bands in five megahertz blocks through a competitive bidding process

Comments on the proposed spectrum reallocation are due to the Commission by September 18, 2013.

The complete text of the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the reallocation of spectrum bands to free up capacity for advanced wirelss services (AWSs).