In light of the recent releases from the FCC on the 3 GHz frequency band, we have posted several items to hopefully clarify what's going on, and address concerns from our customers.
You can read all about this band and the upcoming changes at the FCC Website here. There are many links to the various documents, and I encourage you to check it out.
Scott Imhoff Blogged his thoughts on it here.
There is a short summary of our interpretation of the changes here along with the initial set of questions we think customers have about these changes. I have copied those below, and invite you to post additional questions in this thread so we can get answers and hopefully make the adoption of these new rules less painful (even helpful) to many of you.
|1||Q: After adoption of FCC 15-47 (April 17, 2015), can I still apply for a 3650 MHz nationwide license under Part 90, subpart Z?|
|A: No new 3650 MHz nationwide licenses are expected to be granted under the existing rules. PALs will be granted under the new rules once the SAS comes online.|
|2||Q: Are my existing sites protected?|
|A: Yes, any sites that you have registered on or prior to April 17, 2015, will be protected under the Grandfathered Wireless Protection Zone, which the FCC will establish around only those base and fixed stations that are registered by applications filed in ULS on or before April 17, 2015 and are constructed, in service, and in full compliance with the rules by April 17, 2016. This licensee will enjoy interference protection within this zone until the end of the 3650-3700 MHz transition period. After that, operations can continue under GAA provided that the equipment complies with all applicable rules other than the new requirement for Part 96 devices that the equipment be operable across the entire band. In other words, the Part 90 equipment must, among other things, communicate with the SAS.|
|3||Q: If I already have a license (FCN #), can I register new sites?|
|A: Yes, you can continue to register new sites, and these location registrations will be reviewed and approved by the FCC. The requirement is that equipment is deployed, in service and in full compliance with the rules within 1 year of registration approval of a given site. These newly registered sites do not qualify for Grandfathered Wireless Protection Zone protection.|
|4||Q: If I have equipment deployed already, and the sites are not yet registered, can I still register these sites?|
|A: Yes. The FCC is continuing to accept registrations.|
|5||Q: When will the SAS come online and who will administer this?|
|A: The FCC intends to issue a Public Notice requesting proposals from entities that seek to administer an SAS, but the exact timing has not been addressed.|
|6||Q: How long can we continue to use equipment that is not approved under the new rules?|
|A: At this time, the FCC hasn’t expressly set a deadline by which Part 90-certified equipment can no longer be sold or marketed.|
|7||Q: When will the initial PAL auctions occur?|
|A: It’s not expected for quite some time. The FCC intends to adopt a supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to develop the record on changes to the Part I rules to award PALs using competitive bidding. Once the comment cycle is completed and the FCC has made a determination on how to proceed, it would then announce application procedures and a filing window for participation in the PAL auction.|