Thursday, January 24, 2013

FCC Proposes Citizens Broadband Service at 3.5 GHz

The FCC is proposing the creation of a "Citizens Broadband Service" on 100 MHz of the 3.5 GHz band to accommodate "small cell and database technologies." 

According to Newsline, the proposed service would operate between 3550 and 3650 MHz and would include three "tiers" of service: "Incumbent Access," which would protect current users of the band, including the Fixed Satellite Service and certain federal users; "Priority Access" for specific users such as hospitals, utilities or state/local governments; and finally, "General Authorized Access," which would permit "opportunistic use … for a variety of residential, business and enterprise purposes." 

Providers using the new service - if it is created - would need to be licensed, and the Notice of Proposed Rule Making -- FCC 12-148 -- says they would be licensed under Part 95, which currently governs CB, the Family Radio Service (FRS) and the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS). Comment deadlines had not been announced as of press time.