联邦通信委员会委员定于9月30日投票表决，允许各州将4.9GHz频段出租给“商业实体、电力公司和其他公司”，联邦通信委员会主席Ajit Pai昨天发布的一篇博客称Sue Swenson是PSSA的成员，也是FirstNet Authority董事会的前任主席，他说PSSA的代表们预计FCC的委员们可能会考虑9月30日的会议上启动某种4.9GHz的程序，但他们并不期望可能会有重新分配频谱的投票
“早2002年，联邦通信委员会就指定该频段的50兆赫连续频谱用于公共安全，”Pai说https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/blog/2020/09/08/big-fall-kickoff“>他的博客中。“不幸的是，只有约3.5%的潜被许可人——不到25人中的1人——实际利用了这一频谱。这一频段无线部署的一个障碍是不寻常的许可框架。公共安全许可证持有人被允许将其频谱仅用于公共安全目的，不具有排他性，并通过特别协调共享频段，以避免干扰FCC网站上50 MHz，4.9 GHz频谱分配给FirstNet权威机构，因此它可以确定第一响应者社区对电波的最佳使用
FCC commissioners are scheduled to vote Sept. 30 on rules that would let states lease 4.9 GHz spectrum—50 MHz of which currently is designated for public-safety use—to “commercial entities, electric utilities and others,” according to a blog released yesterday by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
“Way back in 2002, the FCC designated 50 megahertz of contiguous spectrum in that band for public-safety use,” Pai states in his blog. “Unfortunately, only about 3.5% of potential licensees — less than 1 out of 25 — have actually taken advantage of this spectrum. A barrier to wireless deployment in this band is the unusual licensing framework. Public-safety licensees are permitted to use their spectrum only for public-safety purposes—with no exclusivity—and share the band by ad-hoc coordination to avoid interference.
Pai also indicated that FCC commissioners would propose a “a new state-based licensing regime for public-safety operations in the 4.9 GHz band” in a further notice accompanying the 4.9 GHz order on the agenda. A draft of the proposed 4.9 GHz order is expected to be posted tomorrow on the FCC web site.
Sue Swenson, a PSSA member and former chair of the FirstNet Authority board, said the PSSA representatives anticipated that FCC commissioners might consider initiating some kind of 4.9 GHz proceeding during the Sept. 30 meeting, but they were not expecting a potential vote to reallocate the spectrum.IWCE’s Urgent Communications
Swenson said the PSSA is “very concerned” with the proposed 4.9 GHz order.
“The FCC always has had the best interest of public safety in mind. We’d be happy to work with them on this, to see what makes sense.”
“In this case, with us recognizing what public safety has come from—the fragmentation they’ve had in the past—and that we’ve solve that [with the FirstNet approach], this seems like little bit of a detour back to that situation,” Swenson said.
And that model appears to be working for FirstNet, according to Swenson. Being built as a single system by AT&T under a 25-year deal with the FirstNet Authority, the single-system approach has resulted in an on-budget, self-sustaining network that currently is about a year ahead of its scheduled deployment of supporting operations on 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum.
In 2003, the FCC allocated 50 MHz of nationwide spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band to public safety, which has used the airwaves to support a variety of use cases, from point-to-point backhaul to ad-hoc mesh-networking solutions. However, multiple FCC commissioners have expressed concern that the 4.9 GHz spectrum band is underutilized and should be considered for spectrum-sharing use or a potential commercial auction.
Given these changes within the spectrum arena, Swenson said she believes that the FCC should review its 4.9 GHz order further before taking action.
“We have an opportunity to look into the future and do what’s right for the future, instead of looking in the past. I mean, we had so much to overcome before, and—right now—we’ve overcome it. Let’s be smarter this time about how we do it, so we don’t end up with a problem that we have to address again.”