UTC’s Kilbourne, Bender Represent Utilities on 6 GHz Stakeholder Panel
Two UTC senior staff members will represent the utility industry in a multi-industry group that will attempt to implement certain remaining technical issues identified in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC, the Commission) controversial April 2020 decision to allow unlicensed users access to the 6 GHz band.
UTC Vice President of Policy and General Counsel Brett Kilbourne was elected to serve as one of four co-chairs of the overall group, while Vice President of Engineering Klaus Bender will serve as co-chair of a workstream on automated frequency coordination (AFC) development and implementation.
As part of its April 2020 rulemaking expanding access to the 6 GHz band, the FCC encouraged industry stakeholders representing both unlicensed and existing users to form a Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) to develop recommendations and technical protocols for protecting existing users from harmful interference (Industry Intelligence, April 27, 2020).
The MSG held its first meeting in late July; UTC and a coalition of public safety and critical infrastructure industries urged the FCC to ensure that this group truly represents all interests in this proceeding and that it addresses the critical issue of testing new devices to ensure existing users are protected.
Mr. Kilbourne will serve alongside representatives of both existing users of the 6 GHz band and proponents of expanding the band for Wi-Fi access. The other co-chairs include Don Root of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council, Richard Bernhardt of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, and Edgar Figueroa of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Mr. Bender will serve as a co-chair of the AFC-development workstream with representatives of Charter Communications and Google.
Please contact the UTC Public Policy Team with any questions.