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The FCC is using a hybrid of licensed, unlicensed, and grandfathered-use rules to coordinate the band (PDF): An unlimited numbers of licenses will be granted, but every base station must be registered. In certain geographic areas, there will be limits for Fixed Satellite Service and “Federal Government stations” that will create some restrictions. Licenses will be granted for 10 years, work nationwide, and be freely assignable. This last part is important because there will obviously be some cost in obtaining a license, and even though an unlimited number of licenses will be granted, it’s easier when you sell or buy a company to have existing licenses be part of those deals. Licensing terms and filing information will be announced in the future.
Posted by Glennf at March 10, 2005 10:19 PM
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This brings up several questions:
Does WiMax meet the "contention-based" requirement? (I would assume so, since contention could already occur in the U-NII band.)
Will the WiMax forum set up a profile and band plan for this band?
Will there be any WiMax or 802.16 equipment for this band soon?
Posted by: Wes Felter at March 14, 2005 6:20 PM