Electric, water, and natural gas utilities, along with railroads and other critical infrastructure industries, use fixed wireless communications networks housed in the 6 GHz spectrum band. These networks run mission-critical systems essential to the reliable delivery of utility services.
In spite of significant concerns raised by utilities and other lifeline industries, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, the Commission) is considering expanding access to the 6 GHz band to non-critical commercial entities. Doing so could threaten the reliability of the crucial communications networks already licensed to operate in the band, including those owned and operated by critical-infrastructure utilities.
UTC calls on all critical-infrastructure industries impacted by this proposal to make their views known by filing comments in opposition to the plan with the FCC. Comments on the proposal are due Feb. 15, 2019.
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UTC publishes a weekly newsletter focused on key happenings inside the D.C. regulatory arena. Below are some of UTC Industry Intelligence articles dedicated to 6 GHz issues:
UTC public policy and spectrum experts have created the content below which included Issue Brief, FCC Comments and Reply Comments:
6 GHz has been the subject of many news articles from industry publications. Here are some of the most recent focused on this utility issue:
(Oct. 24, 2018) Utility Dive: Utilities Worry FCC Plan to Open Wireless Spectrum Could Compromise Communications
(May 10, 2018) Fierce Wireless: Utilities to FCC: Don’t Mess with Our Spectrum
(April 18, 2018) Platts: Trade group eyes FERC, FCC collaboration to better address utility communications needs
Published weekly, UTC’s Industry Intelligence newsletter focuses on key happenings inside the D.C. regulatory arena. UTC public policy group published this to all members and now it is available online for all to read.