“We appreciate the Biden Administration’s recognition that an approach to spectrum policy that includes unlicensed, exclusive licensed, and shared licensed spectrum is vital to U.S. global leadership and thank Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Rosenworcel for prioritizing innovative spectrum management. Now is the time for action – by making more shared licensed spectrum available to a diverse group of users, America can maximize the value of this limited resource, promote innovation in 5G and 6G technologies, and deliver even more competition and lower prices for consumers.
“Fortunately, testing has already been done demonstrating that the 37 GHz band can be made available for commercial and federal users today with a simple sharing regime, and we urge the Administration and FCC to quickly finalize rules and allow this deployment. The 3 GHz band was recently compressed (from 3.1-3.55 GHz to only 3.1-3.45 GHz) and has similarly undergone significant study that shows the remaining 3.1-3.45 GHz band can be made available to commercial users on a shared licensed basis with DOD users, although not if there is additional compression. We hope the Administration’s additional study into this band recognizes how it can be put into commercial use more quickly, at far less expense, and with protection of national security if efforts to further clear the band are foregone in favor of licensed sharing.”