Rosenworcel envisions a seamless ‘Single Community Future’
With curiosity in integration of satellite tv for pc and terrestrial networks on the rise with a purpose to present ubiquitous protection, the Federal Communications Fee has proposed a brand new regulatory framework meant to help collaborations between satellite tv for pc and wi-fi terrestrial community operators.
“We won’t achieve success in our effort to make … always-on connectivity accessible
to everybody, in every single place if we restrict ourselves to utilizing just one expertise. We’re going to want all of it—fiber networks, licensed terrestrial wi-fi programs, next-generation unlicensed expertise, and satellite tv for pc broadband,” mentioned Rosenworcel, calling such a seamless migration amongst networks the “Single Community Future.” She referenced the supply of emergency SMS service on smartphones through satellite tv for pc and added, “We’re beginning to see direct satellite-to-smartphone communication transfer from sci-fi fantasy to real-world prospect. … For this innovation to have an opportunity to ship at scale—and for us to maneuver towards a full Single Community Future with extra suppliers, in additional spectrum bands, and a world footprint—regulators might want to develop frameworks that help its improvement.”
With firms already placing collectively collaborations such because the one between T-Cellular US and Starlink, the FCC mentioned that it desires to “set up clear and clear processes to help supplemental protection from area.” The fee adopted a Discover of Proposed Rulemaking that will add a “mobile-satellite service” allocation on some terrestrial flexible-use band and allow satellite tv for pc operators who’re cooperating with terrestrial community operators to get FCC authorization to function there, or enable licensed (non-geostationary orbit) satellite tv for pc operators to lease terrestrial spectrum.
“A satellite tv for pc operator might then serve a wi-fi supplier’s clients ought to they want connectivity in distant areas,” the FCC defined.
All 4 Commissioners indicated help for the NPRM. In an announcement, Commissioner Brendan Carr referenced the excessive curiosity in convergence between space-based and terrestrial wi-fi programs at Cellular World Congress Barcelona, and mentioned that space-mobile companies might each preserve customers linked in rural and distant areas, and that the NPRM helps help U.S. management within the area economic system.
The NPRM seeks touch upon quite a few gadgets, together with methods to help emergency communications like 911 and wi-fi emergency alerts when a consumer is linked through satellite tv for pc, and what different bands is likely to be candidates for permitting satellite-terrestrial use.
“By offering clear guidelines, I consider we will kick begin extra innovation within the area economic system whereas additionally increasing wi-fi protection in distant, unserved, and underserved areas. We are able to make cell useless zones a factor of the previous. However even higher, now we have a chance to deliver our spectrum insurance policies into the long run and transfer previous the binary selections between
cell spectrum on the one hand or satellite tv for pc spectrum on the opposite. Meaning we will reshape the airwave entry debates of previous and develop new methods to get extra out of our spectrum assets,” Rosenworcel mentioned.