The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comments on advanced commercial wireless technologies that are designed to operate in certain unlicensed frequency bands, and their potential to create interference with existing unlicensed operations.
In a Public Notice published in May, the FCC is requesting information on an unlicensed version of LTE technology (LTE-U) that uses a technique called Licensed Assisted Access (LAA). According to the FCC, some parties have claimed that LTE-U and LAA technologies are more efficient than other currently available unlicensed technologies, and will provide consumers with increased spectrum access with no detrimental impact. However, others have expressed concern that LTE-U and LAA operations may interfere with existing and future uses of unlicensed or shared spectrum.
Comments are due to the Commission by June 11, 2015.