Charter® Urged FCC to Regulate Licensing of 3.5 GHZ Wireless Spectrum

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Charter Communications® recently urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the county-sized geographic licensing of 3.5 GHz wireless spectrum on a public notice.

“Charter® is in the process of transitioning its wireless network from a nomadic Wi-Fi network to one that supports full mobility by combining its existing Wi-Fi assets with multiple 4G and 5G access technologies,” the Telco commented in the notice of proposed rulemaking. Charter® added, “In navigating this technological transition, Charter® is concentrating on an ‘Inside-Out’ strategy, initially focusing on advanced wireless solutions inside the home and office, and eventually expanding outdoors.”

The fastest internet provider clarified to the FCC that their network transition would be two-phased. In the notice, the telecom company stated, “First, in 2018, Charter® will begin offering a mobile wireless service to its customers as a Wi-Fi-first MVNO, partnering with Verizon® Wireless and using Charter’s own extensive Wi-Fi infrastructure to enhance customer connectivity and experience”.

The notice further said, “In the second phase, Charter® plans to use the 3.5 GHz band in conjunction with its Wi-Fi network to improve network performance and expand capacity to offer consumers a superior wireless service. Charter’s intended use of this band, however, requires rules facilitating new entrants’ access to this critical spectrum.”

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Federal Communications Commission is presently planning to regulate rules around 3.5-GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service band, which will allot spectrum licenses based on smaller geographies and shorter time span than what cellular carriers usually use. Charter Communications® also clarified they are interested in the CBRS band for enhancing the offering in their MNVO tie up with Verizon® Wireless.

“Small cells are not well-suited for large geographic license areas because, as a matter of design and engineering, these cells provide less coverage than traditional macrocells,” mentioned Charter® in the RPRM issued by FCC.

“Importantly, smaller license sizes will enable new entrants to more efficiently leverage their existing infrastructure in those counties that encompass their networks,” the fastest internet provider further said to the commission. Charter® also added, “Utilizing existing networks would enable new entrants such as Charter® to rapidly deploy 3.5 GHz radios throughout these county-sized licensing areas for the provision of wireless broadband service. This results in more wireless service options with better throughput for more consumers in a shorter period of time.”

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