FCC chairman Pai defended spectrum usage to enable 5G services. A senator requested a hearing for ascertaining its interference with weather observations from space. Pai stated that there has never been a study validating these claims of interference over the past 2.5 years, even though they had studied it. The study’s source code rendered the study useless, he said.
The FCC has locked horns with Commerce Department & NASA over 24 GHz band usage allowing 5G services. Dept. of Commerce, which heads NOAA &NASA stated that this band use would interfere with water vapor satellite observations intended for weather forecasting. Pai, when asked about this by Sen Thune, stated that an FCC partner had conducted that study, with source code provided last month. He stated it was fundamentally flawed. 5G tech used beam technologies, not wider broadcasts allowing the limitation of potential interference.
He said that the 24 GHz band could be allocated for 5G services. Weather sensors & similar devices would be protected as well, allowing for enjoying benefits from both worlds. He stated that this 5G debate could derail its WRC plans, to be held soon. If Commerce Dept. had its way, domestic use of 5G would not be allowed and USA’s international position on 5G would be compromised too, leading to worldwide issues. Pai stated that he was frustrated with the Commerce Dept. blocking his department’s efforts.
Michael O’Reilly and Brendan Carr agreed with him. Democratic Commissioners of the FCC were noncommittal, stating that this dispute could pose problems for ongoing spectrum auctions. This had to be resolved before the auction, Wicker was told by Rosenworcel. She considered it unfair that this was happening and was disappointed.
Sen. Cantwell stated in her remarks that peer-reviewed research concluded that weather forecasting could be impacted due to effects of spectrum allocation on vapor data.
Cantwell also brought up the issue before a space subcommittee, requesting NASA’s Bridenstine and OSC’s Kevin O’Connell for their thoughts on interference. Bridenstine confirmed that this 24 GHz band was vital for weather forecasting efforts and they were working with FCC members for a solution. O’Connell stated that weather prediction quality could be affected. Another hearing on the same issue will be held soon, stated Cantwell.
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