February 6, 2019

Sarah Hunt explains the proposed FCC broadband rule and why it is causing an uproar

By Sarah Rumpf

While we are used to industry voices clashing on the radio waves, a rule recently proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has industries clashing over the use of the radio waves themselves. Rainey Center co-founder and CEO Sarah Hunt had an "Expert Voices" contribution at Axios yesterday discussing the proposal by the FCC that would allow unlicensed users to access the 6 GHz band.

Hunt lays out the background of this issue, specifically how the FCC controls and assigns radio frequencies to different industries and why a change in the use of the 6 GHz band is pitting these industries against each other. She explains which tech giants support the rule, why utility companies oppose the rule, and why “the rule highlights an important clash within FCC's jurisdiction that needs to be resolved.”

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is seeking to keep the peace, promising “to open up 1,200 MHz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band for different types of unlicensed uses in a way that will protect incumbent licensed ones.”

Hunt believes that this clash of industries should call for change, saying, “the debate presents an opportunity for the FCC to come together with the tech industry, utility companies and Congress to discuss solutions that will protect grid safety and reliability for all Americans.”

Read the full article here: Tech and utilities clash over proposed FCC broadband rule

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