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Table of Contents - November 2, 2018

FCC Boosts PAL Areas In 3.5 GHz Order Over Rosenworcel Dissent

Over the dissent of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC has adopted a report and order that increases the size of 3.5 gigahertz band priority access license (PAL) areas from census tracts to counties and extends license terms from three to 10 years and makes the licenses renewable.

The item in GN docket 17-258 also indicates that the FCC plans to seek comment before an auction on whether it should allow package bidding for licenses in counties that comprise complete metropolitan statistical areas in the top 305 markets.

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FCC Proposes Freeing Up Unlicensed 6 GHz Frequencies

The FCC unanimously adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking on Oct. 23 proposing to free up as much as 1,200 megahertz of spectrum in the 6 gigahertz band for unlicensed use. The spectrum under consideration in the item is in the 5.925-7.125 GHz band.

"The proposed rules are designed to allow unlicensed devices to operate in the 6 GHz band without interfering with the operation of the licensed services that will continue to use this spectrum. In those portions of the 6 GHz band that are heavily used by point-to-point microwave links [5.925-6.425 GHz and 6.525-6.875 GHz], the Commission proposes to allow unlicensed devices to operate where permitted by an automated frequency coordination system and invites comment as to whether this is necessary for devices operated only indoors," the agency said in a news release on the item, which was adopted in ET dockets 18-295 and GN docket 17-183. "In the other portions of the band [6.425-6.525 GHz and 6.875-7.125 GHz] where licensed mobile services, such as the Broadcast Auxiliary Service and Cable Television Relay Service, operate, the unlicensed devices would be restricted to indoor operations at lower power. These proposed rules will allow a valuable spectrum resource to be more intensively used to benefit consumers while allowing the existing licensed uses of the 6 GHz band to continue uninterrupted."

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