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FCC Revises Rules to Enhance Access to Spectrum for Wireless Backhaul

June 11, 2010

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FCC Revises Rules to Enhance Access to Spectrum for Wireless Backhaul

June 11, 2010

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a Report and Order revising its rules for terrestrial fixed wireless services in the 6525-6875 MHz band (Upper 6 GHz Band) and the 21.8-22.1 GHz and 23.0-23.3 GHz bands (23 GHz Band).

Fixed terrestrial wireless licensees will be allowed to operate channels with wider bandwidths of as much as 30 megahertz in the Upper 6 GHz Band.  The FCC stated that allowing wider channels in this band will create an additional source of spectrum for high-capacity microwave links that support commercial, public safety, and consumer uses, including backhaul for broadband systems.  To implement the rule changes for the Upper 6 GHz Band, the FCC adopted a channel plan of 30 megahertz bandwidth paired channels (60 megahertz total for each authorized path) at 6555 and 6725 MHz, 6595 and 6755 MHz, 6625 and 6785 MHz, 6655 MHz and 6815 MHz, and 6685 MHz and 6845 MHz.

Conditional authority (where an applicant may begin operating a link as soon as the application is filed, if the link has been frequency coordinated and certain other conditions are met) will be permitted on the 22.025/23.225 GHz and 22.075/23.275 GHz channel pairs for applicants proposing to limit their equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) to 55 dBm.

A copy of the FCC’s Report and Order is available at: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7020517940

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