News - January 5, 2021

INCOMPAS Welcomes FCC 12 GHz Conversation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 5, 2021) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has put forward, on circulation, an item that would formally launch a real conversation on the future of the important 12 GHz band of spectrum. The full FCC now has the opportunity to vote on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would foster this important dialog.

INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association, has joined with other trade associations and public interest groups in advocating for an NPRM to publicly discuss the opportunities around 12 GHz band. This week, INCOMPAS will be meeting with the FCC, and filed its first ex parte today.

The 12 GHz band, which is utilized by the private sector and does not interfere with governmental use, has tremendous potential to meet growing wireless demand and dramatically increase the nation’s 5G reach, faster. By permitting two-way mobile uses, and higher power limits, the FCC would boost fixed broadband and mobile 5G services through improved speeds and capacity for broadband devices and the Internet of Things applications.

Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS, also released the following statement of support:

“We want to thank Chairman Pai for moving the 12 GHz band conversation forward, and encourage the entire FCC to support a full, public dialog that will help consumers, competitors and innovators benefit from the untapped power of the 12 GHz band of spectrum. 

“We need an all-of-the-above strategy for creating more broadband competition and faster deployment of 5G. This neutral approach to an NPRM is a fair way to kick start the 12 GHz conversation, getting every argument out in the open, and discovering ways to expand internet speeds and access to more families in more places.

“A neutral NPRM gives us the best opportunity to resolve any conflicts, solve problems and reach an agreement among all stakeholders for American leadership in 5G and faster broadband connectivity for all. Moreover, it creates the quickest path to regulatory and investment certainty for multiple deployment models.”