Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn during a speech at the Digital Inclusion Summit suggested that the FCC may look at some wireless spectrum being set aside for at little or no cost for anyone's use.
The staff has come up with a number of recommendations with these goals in mind. To help with cost, the Plan recommends expanding low income Universal Service support to broadband, and exploring using spectrum for a free or very low cost wireless service. Partnerships between the public, private, non-profit and philanthropic sectors can help address the relevance barrier by encouraging comprehensive solutions that combine hardware, service, training and content, and by conducting outreach and awareness campaigns that target underserved communities. Continuing federal support for state and local broadband initiatives is also essential.
Current spectrum licenses are auctioned to carriers and service providers. Industry, scientific and medical frequencies are not licensed. The following frequencies in this category are listed below and are generally accepted worldwide with some exceptions. The International Telecommunications Union - Radio (ITU-R) ratified these frequencies over the past 10 years. Most of you use devices that are enabled using 2.4 and 5.4 GHz in WIFI and WIMAX technologies.
The ISM bands defined by the ITU-R are:
Frequency range [Hz]
Center frequency [Hz]
|6.765-6.795 MHz ||6.780 MHz ||Subject to local acceptance|
|13.553-13.567 MHz ||13.560 MHz |
|26.957-27.283 MHz ||27.120 MHz |
|40.66-40.70 MHz ||40.68 MHz |
|433.05-434.79 MHz ||433.92 MHz |
|902-928 MHz ||915 MHz ||Region 2 only|
|2.400-2.500 GHz ||2.450 GHz |
|5.725-5.875 GHz ||5.800 GHz |
|24-24.25 GHz ||24.125 GHz |
|61-61.5 GHz ||61.25 GHz ||Subject to local acceptance|
|122-123 GHz ||122.5 GHz ||Subject to local acceptance|
|244-246 GHz ||245 GHz ||Subject to local acceptance|
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