The FCC today announced an official inquiry into how it can make use of high-frequency spectrum for wireless networks.
The inquiry comes on a recommendation from the Technological Advisory Council to better understand how it can make use of millimeter wave spectrum above 24 GHz for next-generation wireless services.
In a statement, the FCC said the there have been “significant developments” in antenna and processing technologies that may allow the use of higher frequencies than those used today – in this case those above 24 GHz – for mobile applications.
In a statement, CTIA President and CEO, Meredith Attwell Baker, said that she welcomed the FCC’s inquiry.
“While we will always work to locate more cleared licensed spectrum under 3 GHz, we also need to expand our search to find other complementary spectrum bands, and this Notice is an important step in that effort. I commend the Commission’s forward-looking approach to spectrum policy,” Attwell Baker said.
With the inquiry, the FCC hopes to develop a more thorough understanding of new technology that might help make use of the high-frequency bands. The Commission said it is also starting a process to get an early jump on any regulatory issues that might get in the way of deploying wireless service in the higher bands.
The notice asks a series of very detailed questions about technological developments that could facilitate mobile use of the bands above 24 GHz. It then seeks comment on the suitability of various bands for mobile use, taking into account existing uses in those bands. Finally, the Notice asks about various approaches to licensed or unlicensed use of the bands above 24 GHz.
Filed Under: Industry regulations, Telecommunications (Spectrum)