WISPA Participates in 3.5 GHz Spectrum Access System Workshop Hosted by the Federal Communications Commission

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New Spectrum Access System Maximizes Efficient Spectrum Use

The ability of the SAS to dynamically assign frequencies is a critical component to spectrum sharing.

The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), a membership organization that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry, participated in a public spectrum workshop that was hosted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on January 14, 2014 Washington, D.C. WISPA advocated the adoption of a Spectrum Access System (SAS) that would enable shared use of up to 100 megahertz of new spectrum for fixed wireless broadband services.

WISPA Board member, Alex Phillips, voiced WISPA’s support for the FCC’s proposal for a robust database system to govern spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band for both licensed and unlicensed operation. WISPA’s workshop presentation described how the new SAS could automatically calculate transmitter coverage zones and assign non-interfering transmit frequencies to each base station or access point. WISPA also explained how, if interference were to occur, the SAS could detect it and re-assign the transmit frequencies to eliminate the interference. Last but not least, WISPA explained how the SAS could detect when an assigned frequency was not in actual use and reassign that frequency to another user. Dynamically assigning unused frequencies to other users frees up unused spectrum and makes the most efficient use of any frequency band.

“The workshop provided a great opportunity for WISPA to share its views on how the SAS could accelerate broadband access, especially in rural areas where choice may be limited. The ability of the SAS to dynamically assign frequencies is a critical component to spectrum sharing,” said Alex Phillips. “Not only is the 3.5 GHz band a perfect candidate for this new spectrum sharing approach, it will also set the stage for efficient spectrum sharing in other bands and will increase the amount of spectrum available in unserved and underserved areas.”

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WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the wireless Internet service provider industry. WISPA has over 750 members that support WISPA’s advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.wispa.org.

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