• FCC Extends Mid-Band Spectrum Reply Comment Deadline
  • November 21, 2017 | Author: Wesley K. Wright
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Last week, the FCC issued an Order extending the deadline to file Reply Comments related to its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) requesting input on providing additional spectrum for mobile broadband services on so-called “Mid-Band spectrum” identified as extending from 3.7 GHz to 24 GHz. The NOI focuses on the 4 GHz (3.7-4.2 GHz) and the 6 GHz (5.925-6.425 GHz and 6.425-7.125 GHz) bands. The NOI elicited requests by wireless carriers to make spectrum at 4-8 GHz available for terrestrial broadband services immediately, strong opposition from common carrier and private licensees that rely heavily on 6 GHz assignments for terrestrial point-to-point microwave networks, and from satellite stakeholders urging the FCC to proceed with caution in revising the rules governing the 3.7–4.2 GHz band utilized for Fixed Satellite Service downlinks. Reply Comments are now due by November 15, 2017. For more information, please contact Wes Wright ([email protected]; 202.434.4239).