• Senators Thune and Nelson Reintroduce MOBILE NOW
  • February 9, 2017 | Author: Gregory E. Kunkle
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Last week, on the first day of the new Congress, Senators Thune and Nelson reintroduced the MOBILE NOW Act (S.19). The bill seeks to advance wireless technologies by freeing up spectrum and removing barriers to infrastructure deployment. If adopted, MOBILE NOW would require Federal users to give up 255 MHz below 6 GHz by 2020, at least 100 MHz of which would be made available for unlicensed use. Regarding licensed spectrum, the bill requires NTIA to examine the feasibility of authorizing commercial operations in certain bands, which are currently being studied by the Commission for 5G use. In addition to unlicensed and licensed spectrum, MOBILE NOW also focuses on shared spectrum, requiring NTIA to study the potential for sharing by both Federal and commercial users. Last Congress, a nearly identical bill passed the Senate Commerce Committee by voice vote, but was never brought to the Senate Floor.