A significant part of the 5G networks is access to spectrum.  This requires the FCC to regularly consider changing licensing rules and working with federal spectrum users to free up spectrum.  “Mid-Band” spectrum is highly desirable, but, there are many equities currently using those bands.  Recent spectrum developments include investigating how to utilize never before commercialized spectrum bands, above 24 GHz, some of which were auctioned earlier this year, or possibly even above 95 GHz.  Unlicensed spectrum is a uniquely valuable asset, and the FCC is currently considering expanding unlicensed uses into 6 GHz.

Recent Legislation:

RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018 (as included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018)

Executive Action:

National Spectrum Strategy

Other Actions:

FCC Docket GN 14-177 (Spectrum Bands above 24 GHz, created 10/14/14)

FCC Docket GN 17-183 (Docket Established for Mid-Band Spectrum Exploration NOI, created 7/12/17)

FCC Docket ET 18-295 (Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band, created 10/1/18),

FCC Docket ET 18-21 (Use of Spectrum Bands Above 95 GHz For Innovative Radio Services, created 1/31/18)

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