Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, released a discussion draft of a compromise bill to repurpose C-band spectrum. The “WIN 5G Act” proposes a consensus-based, compromise approach to rapidly and equitably reallocate spectrum between the frequencies of 3.7 GHz-4.2 GHz, commonly referred to as the “C-band.” It also incorporates a framework to reallocate spectrum between 3.45 GHz-3.55 GHz for commercial wireless use, provides research and development resources for commercializing additional spectrum, and creates and funds an all-new Rural Broadband Deployment Fund.
Matsui says the measure will, “ensure that spectrum is reallocated
rapidly, that the maximum amount of C-band spectrum is made available
for wireless use, and that consumers and C-band distribution are
protected throughout the transition.” She believes the compromise is
necessary to clear any legal challenges that would arise by adopting any
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