FCC Continues Wireless Backhaul Reform (8/3/12)
The FCC adopted measures that promote further deployment of mobile broadband service and continue to reform the rules governing use of microwave frequencies for wireless backhaul as part of the FCC’s Broadband Acceleration Initiative and its regulatory reform agenda.
Building on recommendations in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan and following up on the FCC's August 2011 Wireless Backhaul Report and Order, the latest actions will speed the rollout of 4G broadband networks, accelerate the role of expanded wireless broadband communications in national economic revitalization and job creation, and bring new broadband services to rural areas. It also continues the FCC's regulatory reform agenda by eliminating unneeded regulations and ensuring that necessary regulations reflect current technology, an FCC statement said.
The Second Report and Order permits fixed microwave operators to use smaller antennas in certain microwave bands, which can result in significant cost savings to operators. The Rural Microwave Flexibility Policy, adopted today, will provide increased opportunities for broadband deployment in rural areas that should increase coverage and reduce cost.
The FCC also updated existing microwave efficiency standards to reflect modern digital technologies.
The Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Second Notice of Inquiry continue the commission's effort to reform and modernize its wireless backhaul rules. The FCC is considering accommodating new types of antennas to reflect advances in technology and proposes to allow smaller antennas in an additional microwave band.
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