News - September 8, 2023

12 GHz Band is a Win-Win

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 8, 2023 – This afternoon, INCOMPAS, the Internet and competitive networks association, filed reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the Commission to expand the 12.2-12.7 GHz band (12.2 GHz band) for high-powered, two-way fixed wireless access. 

In response to the filing, INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering made the following statement:

"We are at a unique moment in broadband history where the massive infusion of private and public deployment funding must be met with an infusion of mid-band spectrum so that providers can offer services that finally bridge the digital divide. The record in this proceeding demonstrates that is technically feasible for two-way, high-powered fixed wireless to co-exist in 12.2 GHz band. This is a win-win for terrestrial and satellite deployments and will open up cost effective, robust, and reliable options for all consumers.

"As a member of the 5G for 12 GHz Coalition, INCOMPAS has worked diligently to move this process forward. We urge the FCC to act swiftly to complete this proceeding by the end of this year so this spectrum can be put to its best use. I specifically would like to applaud DISH, Go Long Wireless and RS Access for their proposals that include a commitment to make part of this spectrum available on tribal lands to interested tribal entities. This is another important step in an ongoing effort to bridge the digital divide and broaden digital equity."