Don’t Let Boeing ‘Grab Spectrum’ Carriers Association Tells FCC

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In comments filed with the FCC, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) encouraged the Commission to deny the Boeing Company’s request to operate a non-geostationary satellite orbit system in the 37.5-42, 47.2-50.2, and 50.4-51.4 GHz bands.  According to the CCA, granting Boeing’s request would foreclose or limit mobile terrestrial use in these key bands that are slated to support mobile 5G services and are already undergoing comprehensive review in the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding.

“The Commission has yet to resolve the technical challenges it foresees with this valuable spectrum, and it makes little sense for the FCC to prematurely act on Boeing’s request until the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding is settled,” said CCA President/CEO Steven Berry.  “The FCC should deny Boeing’s request which would only further complicate the analysis of these bands and disadvantage competitive carriers and their consumers.  This is a pure and simple ‘spectrum grab’ attempt that should be rejected.”

“Mobile 5G technology is coming,” Berry said, “and competitive carriers desperately need access to additional unique spectrum resources to ensure their customers have the capacity they need and desire for access to next generation services.”  The CCA statement said Boeing should not be allowed to ‘cut in line’ and gain access to the 5G spectrum when data use and demand on mobile networks continue to increase exponentially.  

“I encourage the FCC to deny Boeing’s untimely application and to focus on the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding to resolve outstanding allocation, operational and sharing issues related to these valuable spectrum bands,”  Berry said.

December 7, 2016

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