37 GHz/V-band Service and Auction Rules (Terrestrial)
In a Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order that initiated this proceeding in 1995, the Commission proposed to amend the rules for fixed, point-to-point microwave service in the 38.6-40.0 GHz ("39 GHz") band, and to adopt a conforming set of new rules for the virtually unused 37.0-38.6 GHz ("37 GHz") band in order to allow for the expansion of 39 GHz-type service. In a Third Notice of Proposed Rule Making ("Third NPRM") released in May 2004, the Commission proposed service rules for the 37 GHz and also for the 42.0-42.5 GHz ("42 GHz") ("37/42 GHz") bands that would substantially conform to the rules adopted for the 39 GHz band in the Report and Order and Second Notice of Proposed Rule Making and the Second Report and Order in this proceeding. The Commission recognized, however, that conditions have changed considerably over the past few years, and said that it was willing to consider alternatives if commenters demonstrate that a different regulatory framework would be more appropriate for the 37/42 GHz bands. The goal is to establish a flexible regulatory and licensing framework that would promote seamless deployment of a host of services and technologies in the 37 GHz and 42 GHz bands. The Commission seeks to enhance opportunities for deployment of broadband wireless services, foster effective competition, promote innovation and further our efforts for consistent rule application regarding broadband wireless services.
Last reviewed/updated on 03/06/2008