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FCC enacts next-gen network reforms; announces millimetre wave spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has enacted reforms that it says will better enable providers to invest in next-generation networks. The FCC is also seeking comment on additional reforms, including how the FCC can expedite rebuilding and repairing broadband infrastructure after natural disasters. The agency says: “With broadband an essential component of modern life, the FCC is working to ensure its rules allow carriers to invest in modern networks rather than devote scarce resources to outmoded legacy services.” One set of changes govern access to utility poles and conduits, which can be a costly and time-consuming barrier to broadband deployment. Changes include rules that reduce costs faced by broadband providers by barring pole owners from charging for certain costs they have already recovered from others (called make-ready fees), speedy resolution of pole attachment disputes by the FCC’s enforcement bureau through use of a 180-day “shot clock”, and allowing local providers equal access to each other’s poles. Another set of reforms revise rules that needlessly delay or even stop companies from replacing copper with fibre and that delay discontinuance of technologies from the 1970s in favour of services using IP technologies. The FCC has also announced the allocation of additional wireless broadband spectrum above 24 GHz. A new 1.7 GHz portion of millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum for terrestrial 5G wireless use has been allocated to support “new uses enabled by fibre-fast wireless speeds and extremely low latency”. See more and here

  • Tuesday, 21 November 2017

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