More Spectrum for 5G, More Fiber for Rural America

Reclamation of at least 370 MHz of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz C-Band spectrum for “5G” uses is what Ross Lieberman, SVP of Government Affairs for ACA Connects, indicates would be made available under their plan submitted to the FCC.  In the above interview, Lieberman describes the ACA Connects proposal (PDF), which was jointly developed by the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), and Charter Communications, Inc. (Charter).

An important element of what the FCC terms the ACA Connects Coalition proposal is that existing video would be moved from satellites to existing or new fiber optic facilities.  This would have the added bonus of bringing mid-mile fiber to rural communities that are otherwise thinly connected to the Internet. By freeing up the downlink bandwidth, the uplink bandwidth would also be available, which is a goal of an October FCC NPRM for the 5.925-7.125 GHz (6 GHz) band (see this link for a related article).

Lieberman also touts the added benefit of FCC run auction for the freed-up spectrum would bring up to $29B in revenue to the U.S. Treasury.

The FCC is asking for comments to the ACA Connects Coalition plan, as well as plans from AT&T and Google/Microsoft/WISPA, by August 7th, with reply comments by August 14th.

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