The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should come up with new rules that allow 5G operations in the 12GHz spectrum band, according to a company backed by billionaire Michael Dell. The MSD Capital management firm of the Dell family is supporting a company called RS Access that’s urging the FCC to have another look at the rules around operations in the 12GHz band, reports Light Reading. RS Access, set up by wireless industry entrepreneur V. Noah Campbell, acquired 12GHz assets and spectrum leases from MDS America that were purchased in the FCC’s 12GHz MVDDS spectrum auctions in 2004 and 2005.
According to the report, Campbell and his associates are urging the FCC to consider allowing two-way operations in the 12GHz band and to increase the amount of power that 12GHz transmitters can use in order to boost the distance the signals could travel. New rules for the 12GHz band could allegedly release up to 500MHz of prime spectrum for 5G that can travel around four to five miles, much further than transmissions in the millimeter-wave spectrum bands like 24GHz and 28GHz that operators such as Verizon are using.
This latest call for the FCC to look at new 5G-friendly rules for the 12GHz band comes after the MVDDS 5G Coalition – which includes Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network – made a similar request to the commission back in 2016.