The FCC has released a Public Notice seeking comments regarding the LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technologies and the techniques that will be implemented to share spectrum with unlicensed operations and technologies. The Public Notice focuses on the development of LTE-U and LAA in the 3.5 GHz and 5 GHz bands, which make spectrum available for general access and unlicensed use, respectively. While some believe that the LTE-U and LAA technologies are more efficient than other currently available technologies, others have expressed concern that these technologies will have a harmful impact on existing and future use of unlicensed or shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The FCC is using the Public Notice to begin an open and transparent discussion about LTE-U and LAA and the ability of these technologies to coexist with other technologies, including Wi-Fi.
Comments in response to the Public Notice are due by June 11, 2015 and reply comments by June 26, 2015. If you are interested in filling any comments/reply comments or would like to discuss further, please let us know.