The FCC has announced plans to address network resiliency, use of the 4.9 GHz band for public safety purposes, and spectrum requirements for the Internet of Things, among other issues, when it convenes its next open meeting at the end of the month.
Also on the agenda for the September 30 open meeting will be the kickoff of a process for authorizing automated frequency coordination systems for standard-power devices in the 6 GHz band; a rulemaking to clarify that Tribal libraries are eligible for support through the E-Rate program; rulemakings to thwart unwanted robocalls; and a baseline set of national security and law enforcement questions to review foreign-owned companies.
The “Resilient Networks” proposal looks to assess the Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework, a tool through which the commission attempts to assess network resiliency during disasters. The call comes in the wake of network disruptions that took place during Hurricane Ida.
Consideration for the “Internet of Things” item comes following the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021, which requires the commission to conduct an inquiry into spectrum needs related to the Internet of Things. The commission will consider the current adequacy and availability of spectrum for IoT applications, and the extent to which regulatory barriers prevent increasing spectrum.
The “4.9 GHz Band” item has the commission considering the use of the band for non-public safety operations alongside public safety applications.