FCC Opens up 6 GHz Band for Unlicensed Operations


The Federal Communications Commission has adopted an order that makes 1,200 megahertz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band (5.925-7.125 GHz) available for unlicensed use. The order authorizes indoor low-power operations over the full 1,200 megahertz and standard-power devices in 850 megahertz of the band. Unlicensed devices will share the band with incumbent operators, which include microwave services that are used to support utilities, public safety, and wireless backhaul. The rules rely on an automatic frequency coordination system to prevent interference to incumbent services. The FCC also adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which seeks comment on a proposal to permit very low-power devices to operate across the 6 GHz band and a proposal to increase the power at which low-power indoor access points may operate.

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