Spectrum Solutions to the Digital Divide
June 26th – 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Quandary Peak 2
This session will provide an update on the FCC’s various proceedings to allocate spectrum that can be used to help bridge the digital divide that impacts rural consumers and economies nationwide. “Spectrum as infrastructure” can be a cost-efficient and quickly deployed complement to fiber, if the FCC adopts rules and policies that “get it right.” Spectrum also can be used to reduce reliance on subsidies for higher-cost wireline alternatives. Bands the FCC is considering and will be discussed include CBRS, C-band, 5.9 GHz and 6 GHz. All have unique characteristics, attributes and shortcomings — what’s the best solution in a particular geographic area? Note: I am happy to do this session solo or to include WISPs and/or policy leaders.