The FCC has announced new measures to make millimeter wave spectrum available for 5G, the IoT and other advanced spectrum-based services, including satellite broadband services. First, the commission has adopted rules to allow fixed-satellite service earth stations to be individually licensed to transmit in the 50 GHz spectrum band. This will enable fixed-satellite service operators to provide faster, more advanced services to their customers. Secondly, the FCC has established a coordination process to accommodate the military’s potential need for additional sites in the Upper 37 GHz band, while protecting the interests of non-federal licensees in the band.
The commission said the steps are a step toward the auction of the Upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz spectrum bands scheduled to begin later this year.
The FCC has also updated its rule for over-the-air reception devices, to also help spur the development of 5G. An adopted Notice of Proposed Rule-making will make it easier for the deployment of small, next-generation networking devices on private property. The new rules would eliminate certain state and local restrictions that currently excludes hub and relay antennas. The idea is for providers to deploy hub and relay antennas more quickly. The FCC says this will help the deployment of infrastructure in under-served rural and urban areas and prepare for 5G networks and technologies. Comments are also open for these rules.