Public Spectrum for Public Benefit: 3.7-4.2 GHz

Public Spectrum for Public Benefit: 3.7-4.2 GHz

Posted October 29th, 2018 by seanm

Broadband Connects America Coalition filed Comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in GN Docket 18-122 "Expanding Flexible Use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz Band"

Access Humboldt joined with other members of the Broadband Connects America Coalition (BCA) in filing comments today urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to authorize shared use of public spectrum in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band to enable high capacity fixed wireless broadband service in rural areas.

Access Humboldt's executive director Sean Taketa McLaughlin said, "Public spectrum is an essential asset that must be managed to ensure that community needs and interests are met. We advocate for better connected communities for five essential purposes:
- Public Health, Safety and Community Resilience;
- Education and Training - Lifelong Learning;
- Economic Opportunity - Marketplace of Ideas and Transactions;
- Culture and Arts - Past, Present and Future; and,
- Civic Engagement - Liberty and Justice."

As BCA's filing notes: "The Commission can help providers bring high-speed broadband to rural areas that are currently unserved by empowering fixed wireless providers to use the 3.7-4.2 GHz band to make efficient and cost-effective use of spectrum in areas where the business case for broadband has so far failed to attract ISPs."

For more information contact:, tel: 707-616-2381

Access Humboldt is a non-profit, community media & broadband access organization serving the residents and local jurisdictions of Humboldt County on the North Coast of California USA, managing resources that include: cable access TV channels; KZZH FM 96.7 community radio; a wide area broadband network with dedicated optic fiber connections to twenty locations serving local jurisdictions and community anchor institutions; broadband access wireless networks; a Community Media Center with studio and other production equipment and training on the Eureka High School campus; and ongoing operational support for public, educational and governmental access media services.


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