The FCC okayed more applications for 2.5 GHz spectrum from tribal entities. Fifty additional applications have passed initial review by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.
To-date, 216 licenses have been granted to enable tribes to access the mid-band spectrum. The bureau continues to review more applications.
FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel called the action significant progress. Such momentum, “will do more than provide a spectrum license,” she said. “It will provide tribes with the ability to offer their communities something that is long overdue—full access to the opportunities of the digital age.”
Successful tribal applicants could receive licenses for exclusive use of up to 117.5 megahertz of 2.5 GHz spectrum. These licenses could support broadband and other advanced wireless services, including 5G, that can help address connectivity needs in tribal communities, according to the bureau.
The agency puts the applications that have been found to be acceptable for filing out for public comment. The Public Notice does not mean these applications have met all requirements, nor does it mean that any waiver requested as part of an application will be granted, the FCC said.