FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel says the agency should move quickly to auction unused 2.5 GHz licenses. Combining such spectrum would provide new, flexible-use mid-band airwaves for 5G services, she said at a conference in Boulder, CO, on Thursday.
Any money leftover from funds needed
to run the auction and pay for spectrum contributions from existing
licensees could be turned into a Homework Gap initiative, she suggests.
The project could help fund the connectivity needs of 12 million
students who lack broadband at home. “That way, the Commission can honor
what President Kennedy and his allies tried to do decades ago when they
sought to spark educational use in the 2.5 GHz band.”
The 5.9 GHz band, too, is an “ideal”
place to explore WiFi expansion, because it’s adjacent to an existing
unlicensed band, she said. “That means we have the opportunity to
introduce new wideband channels — channels that will be able to take
advantage of new standards and deliver speeds even faster than 1 gigabit
per second. In other words, this is where we can develop next
generation Gigabit WiFi,” said Rosenworcel. Continue Reading