5G Americas has filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Notice” or “NPRM”) in the above-referenced proceeding on facilitating shared use of the 3.1 – 3.55 GHz band.
5G Americas not only supports the Commission’s proposal to relocate non-federal secondary allocations out of the band to prepare it for commercial wireless use, but advises that the Commission, when it does make the 3.3 – 3.55 GHz spectrum available for commercial use, does so under exclusive commercial licenses. Any potential sharing with federal users for which relocation is not feasible should not be done with a generally authorized access tier, as with CBRS. Moreover, 5G Americas encourages the Commission to continue to review the rest of the band that Congress directed it to study, and take action in the near term on the rest of the band, 3.1 – 3.3 GHz. The approaches above will best position the U.S. to lead in 5G into the future.