On May 1, 2018, the Office of Engineering and Technology and the International and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus (“Bureaus”) released a Public Notice (“Notice”) seeking comment for an upcoming Commission report to Congress and Commerce Dept. addressing the feasibility of allowing commercial wireless services to use or share use of the 3.7-4.2 GHz spectrum band, pursuant to the Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act (“MOBILE NOW Act”).

The Bureaus note that while there is currently no federal allocation for the 3.7-4.2 GHz band, they seek comment on the following questions:

  • How should the Bureaus assess the operations and possible impacts of sharing on Federal and non-Federal users already operating in this band?
  • How might sharing be accomplished, with licensed and/or unlicensed operations, without causing harmful interference to Federal and non-Federal users already operating in this band, and in which parts of the band would such sharing be feasible
  • What other considerations should the Commission take into account in preparing the 3.7-4.2 GHz Report?

The Notice also mentions that the Bureaus intend to consult with NTIA and the heads of each affected Federal agency regarding the Federal entities, stations, and operations in the band, and the required issues and assessments.

Comments are due May 31, 2018.

Reply comments are due June 15, 2018.

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