Several items of interest to the wireless industry are planned for votes at next month’s FCC meeting. The agency plans to tackle an order making high-frequency spectrum above 95 GHz available for unlicensed use. It will also take up a proposal to encourage wireless carriers to lease unused spectrum to smaller providers to serve rural areas, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a blog post.
He’s also proposing to make a segment
of the 900 MHz band available for broadband, using a voluntary exchange
system that would allow existing licensees to agree on a plan for
relocating incumbents and transitioning the band.
Pivoting to public safety, knowing a
911 caller’s exact location in a multi-story building is crucial, Pai
told attendees at a public safety meeting last week. “To better equip
first responders to do their jobs, we’ll be voting on a proposal to
establish a vertical, or z-axis, location accuracy metric of three
meters,” he stated. Pai added he’s optimistic that, after receiving
feedback on the proposal, the agency will be able to adopt final rules
on this issue, later this year. Continue Reading