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The FCC last week released some technical details of the rules around licenses for the 3650 MHz band: The FCC will require licensees to avoid interfering with other licensees. At least some folks who are reading the FCC’s order believe that the FCC will step in if licensees aren’t cooperating with each other. In an effort to allow for higher power limits, as requested by some WISPs, the FCC is requiring contention-based protocols to avoid interference. Fixed base stations can operate at a peak of 25 watts per 25 MHz bandwidth.
There was some concern that there might be some sort of “first in” consideration that allowed the first users of the spectrum more rights than subsequent users. Community networkers were concerned that some big operators might rush to the market in an effort to essentially corner the spectrum. However, at first glance at least, it appears that the first users won’t be given any special considerations.
Posted by nancyg at March 21, 2005 10:56 AM
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