The FCC proposed rules in the 3.5 GHz band this week that would allow the sharing of federal spectrum by carrier-grade small cell deployments, fixed wireless broadband services and general consumer use.
Through the creation of what it calls the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, the FCC would make available 150 megahertz of spectrum for use by three tiers of users: federal and non-federal incumbents, priority access licensees and general authorized access users.
“Together, the proposals seek to promote flexibility and innovation by leveraging advancements in technology to facilitate sharing between different users and uses, including incumbent government uses,” the Commission wrote in a press release. “Federal and non-federal incumbents would be protected from harmful interference from Citizens Broadband Radio Service users.”
WifiForward, an ad-hoc industry group, applauded the FCC’s proposal saying it would lower the barriers of entry for wireless innovators.
Spectrum access and operation within the 3.5 GHz band would be managed through one or more dynamic databases.
“Targeted priority-access licenses would be made available for a variety of uses, including mobile broadband. General authorized access use would be permitted in a reserved amount of spectrum and on an opportunistic basis for a variety of consumer or business-oriented purposes, including advanced home wireless networking,” the Commission wrote.
The proposed rules coverage the spectrum between 3550 MHz and 3650 MHz, and seeks comment on extending the proposed service to 3700 MHz.