FCC Adopts New Rules To Open Spectrum Horizons For New Services And Technologies

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order (Docket 18-21) to encourage development of new technologies and deployment of new services in the spectrum above 95 GHz. Traditionally, the spectrum above 95 GHz has been considered the outermost horizon for usable spectrum; however, with the rapid advancement of radio technology, the FCC believes these bands are ripe for new development.

The Spectrum Horizons First Report and Order creates a new category of experimental licenses for use between 95 GHz and 3 THz, lasting up to 10 years. This order also makes a total of 21.2 GHz of spectrum available for use by unlicensed devices.

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