Millimeter Wave Order Makes Satellite and Military Accommodations for Auction 103


A divided FCC has adopted and released a Fifth Report and Order in preparation for the upcoming auction of millimeter wave spectrum in the Upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz spectrum bands for 5G (Auction 103) later this year.  The order establishes (1) rules to allow Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS) earth stations to be individually licensed to transmit in the 50 GHz spectrum band and (2) a coordination process to accommodate the U.S. military’s possible need for more Upper 37 GHz sites.  The commissioners were not in agreement on the timing of allowing military access to the spectrum.  The FCC is currently seeking comment on Auction 103 bidding procedures.

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