Our Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher recently had an op-ed on the underutilized 2.5GHz Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum published by Bloomberg Government. An excerpt:

The Federal Communications Commission recognizes that highly versatile mid-band spectrum—between 2.5GHz and 4.2GHz—is needed to win the race to 5G, the faster and more efficient wireless network that will connect people and machines to just about everything.

Last year, the FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking with the goal of making more flexible use of the 2.5GHz Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum, currently only licensed to educational institutions, and has been expected to come to a decision on how to make this 5G-friendly spectrum available this summer.

The time for action is now, and the need is great—the commission stopped issuing new EBS licenses 23 years ago, leaving the 2.5GHz band unused or underutilized in about half of the country.

Check out the full piece over at Bloomberg Law.

Originally published at Bloomberg Government