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FCC Proposes to Make 150 MHz of Spectrum Available for Broadband

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Released: April 23, 2014

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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

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April 23, 2014
Cecilia Sulhoff (202) 418-0587
Email: cecilia.sulhoff@fcc.gov

FCC PROPOSES RULES TO MAKE UP TO 150 MEGAHERTZ OF SPECTRUM

AVAILABLE FOR NEW CITIZENS BROADBAND RADIO SERVICE

Innovative rules will promote the intensive shared use of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz Band


Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today took steps to provide more spectrum for
general consumer use, carrier-grade small cell deployments, fixed wireless broadband services, and other
innovative uses, through the creation of a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service. The Commission proposed
rules for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service in a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that advances the
Commission’s efforts to meet the growing demand for spectrum by proposing to make 150 megahertz available in
the 3.5 GHz Band.
The FNPRM proposes innovative spectrum sharing techniques to unlock the value of the spectrum between 3550
MHz and 3650 MHz, and seeks comment on extending the proposed service to 3700 MHz. Specifically, the
FNPRM proposes a three-tiered access and sharing model comprised of federal and non-federal incumbents,
priority access licensees, and general authorized access users. Together, the proposals seek to promote flexibility
and innovation by leveraging advancements in technology to facilitate sharing between different users and uses,
including incumbent government uses.
Federal and non-federal incumbents would be protected from harmful interference from Citizens Broadband
Radio Service users. Targeted priority access licenses would be made available for a variety of uses, including
mobile broadband. General authorized access use would be permitted in a reserved amount of spectrum and on an
opportunistic basis for a variety of consumer or business-oriented purposes, including advanced home wireless
networking.
Access and operation within the 3.5 GHz band would be managed by a spectrum access system, a dynamic
database or databases that incorporates technical and functional requirements necessary to manage access and
operations across the three tiers. In addition, the FNPRM seeks comment on technical, auction, and allocation
rules.
The FNPRM builds on a substantial record already developed through a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Public
Notice, and two public workshops, and is the product of cooperative work with incumbent federal users.
Action by the Commission April 23, 2014, by Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 14-49). Chairman
Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, and O’Rielly with Commissioner Pai concurring. Chairman
Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai and O’Rielly issuing statements. GN Docket No. 12-354
– FCC –
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