Thursday, March 22, 2018

The next radio spectrum frontier?

The allocation and reallocation of radio spectrum for modern uses has reorganized how spectrum is used.  But the growth of mobile computing, communication, entertainment, and whatever else continues to make presently usable, unassigned spectrum scarce.

Commercial satellite company Intelsat owns the rights to a lot of C-Band spectrum, and are seeking more flexibility in using it, or re-licensing it.
Here's their current proposal, probably not the last word.

Expanding Flexible Use in Mid-Band Spectrum between 3.7 and 24 GHz, GN Docket 17-183

Update on 3.7-4.2 GHz (May 31, 2018)
CTIA Calls for FCC Vote on CBRS Band at July Meeting
"Baker also urged the commission to set an aggressive timeline to clear "hundreds of megahertz" between 3.7 GHz and 4.2 GHz, as well as establish a plan for future spectrum auctions."

More, from Bloomberg:
Intelsat Soars as Proposal for New Airwaves Uses Progresses
By Todd Shields, June 1, 2018

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