On August 10, 2020, the White House announced plans to make 100 MHz of the 3.1 – 3.55 GHz “mid-band” spectrum band available for commercial use. The plans include an auction for the spectrum expected to be held beginning December 2021.
5G Americas issued the following statement:
March 24, 2020
5G Americas provides comments in response to the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Notice”) concerning the use of the 3.1-3.55 band.
5G Americas thanks the Commission for moving forward on the critically important 3.3 – 3.55 GHz band, and for its recognition that the band, as well as the entire mid-band range up to 4.2 GHz, is being harmonized globally for 5G. Accordingly, 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 Lower 3 GHz band available for commercial use, does so under exclusive commercial licenses and with 5G-friendly rules. 5G Americas, like most industry participants in the proceeding, encourages the Commission to continue to review the rest of the Lower 3 GHz band that Congress directed it to study. This approach will best position the U.S. to lead the world in 5G.
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