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Rural Wireless Broadband Access in the 3650-3700 MHz Band, Notice of Inquiry

January 30, 2004
Docket Number: 
Docket No. 040116021-4021-01

NTIA invites interested parties to review and comment on the questions presented in this Notice to assist NTIA in developing recommendations to the FCC on the use of the 3650-3700 MHz band for unlicensed devices.  NTIA’s specific interest is to ensure the continued protection of operations of Government agencies in this band.  In order to ensure that these Federal operations are not adversely affected, NTIA is seeking public comment to explore the merits of frequency and/or geographic avoidance technologies, and other interference-mitigation techniques, and to examine technical requirements to allow compatible unlicensed device usage in the 3650-3700 MHz band.  NTIA believes that by making this band available with appropriate regulatory provisions, broadband wireless access would be facilitated in rural areas.  NTIA supports the FCC in its efforts to introduce advanced communications to rural areas, and seeks to ensure that the interests of the Federal Government users of spectrum are adequately protected.

Comments received in this proceeding are attached below.