In fulfillment of congressional mandates, and in hopes of relieving congestion on existing Wi-Fi networks, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that the FCC will launch rulemaking proceedings next month to make additional spectrum in the 5 GHz band available on an unlicensed, shared basis for Wi-Fi operations. Appearing last week at the annual Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) trade show in Las Vegas, Genachowski said the agency would move to free up 195 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band as part of a government-wide effort to boost Wi-Fi transmission speeds and alleviate congestion at locations with heavy Wi-Fi use such as airports and convention centers. Observing that the proposed allocation would constitute the largest block of unlicensed spectrum to be made available for Wi-Fi use since 2003, Genachowski told reporters that the FCC’s plan would boost by 35% spectrum resources that are considered suitable for next-generation “gigabit Wi-Fi” services. The agency’s rulemaking proceeding corresponds with provisions of the 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act that require the FCC to explore the possibility of making unlicensed spectrum resources available for Wi-Fi. The spectrum involved in the FCC’s proposal is currently used by both government and non-government users. Though acknowledging that there is “a lot of work to do with federal agencies that have this spectrum,” Genachowski nevertheless voiced confidence that “the spectrum can be shared.” Meanwhile, at a panel session following the announcement, Genachowski’s fellow commissioners strongly endorsed the proposal. Citing propagation characteristics of the 5 GHz channels in question that offer high throughput with low interference, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai proclaimed that he is “especially bullish” on the upcoming proceeding. Predicting that the FCC’s plan, once implemented, “will enable higher data speeds and greater capacity—including improved HD video distribution capability—and will help every consumer with a Wi-Fi enabled device,” CEA President Gary Shapiro said his organization “enthusiastically applauds Chairman Genachowski and the FCC for . . . expediting ultra-high speed, high capacity Wi-Fi in support of the U.S. economy.”
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Listening. They are talking very positively even beyond 5 GHZ band in terms of lifting use of all Wi-Fi spectrum both licensed and unlicensed. Expanding access seems to be on their agenda, so I take that to be very positive for the GSAT proposal also. I didn't hear any sense of narrow limitations outside of the 5 GHZ band. The process should move ahead with FCC based on the things said during this meeting. This will be news. Thanks for the heads up on this meeting, I bought more shares before it was over !
Thanks to everyone who passed information along to me and others here. I guess we got it pretty much sorted out. Yes indeed, we are all interested in this Wi-Fi direction for Globalstar. Again, Pieces of Eight for those who find the treasure!
As a result, Globalstar would need both quick action from the FCC and to strike a partnership (or long term spectrum lease) in 2013 or early 2014 enabling rapid deployment of a small cell network. In that regard, the fact that the FCC has acted much more quickly to put Globalstar’s proposal on public notice (2 weeks) than the recent LightSquared petition (which took 6 weeks) suggests that the FCC may well consider Globalstar’s proposal with rather more urgency. This certainly marks a significant turnaround in Globalstar’s relationship with the FCC,
It seems like you are citing two different sources of information at least, and that is a bit confusing for me. CES (Consumer Electronic Show) 2013 took place January 8 - 11, so that FCC statement by Chairman Genachowski seems to be from a story published about one month ago. Could you give us the specific source of the story you are referring to here. Just for reference and more research, I do remember the FCC story.
Next, I'm not quite up to speed apparently on some action the FCC has taken ( 2 weeks) regarding the Globalstar request vs the amount of time they delayed on LightSquared. There was some recent request by LS2 after they had so much trouble last year ending in BK, so I know Falcone didn't give up and was looking for some sort of weather balloon spectrum swap for LS2 unusable spectrum.
Perhaps I can find the latest stories on this, but if you could provide more specific directions to the source materials that would be helpful. This certainly is news shareholders are looking to read.
By the way, the new Yahoo posting system seems to truncate longer posts without telling you the amount of text input limit - so all of your post appears not to have made it onto the board.
this isn't the GSAT spectrum
the spectrum GSAT has proposed for use in their terresrial low power sevice is at 2.4GHz (not 5GHz)
still this action has some similarities so we could take it as a step in the right direction
but thus far it doesn't include us