Rep. McNerney Statement on 6 GHz Band Proposal
Stockton, CA – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) released the following statement regarding the 6 GHz band proposal that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to vote on at its Open Meeting on Thursday:
“This pandemic has made what was already a pressing need for additional unlicensed spectrum even more urgent. As we adjust to what is likely going to be the new normal—one in which our world moves increasingly online and we rely on Wi-Fi for teleworking, distance learning, telehealth, and participating in everyday life, it is even more important now that additional spectrum be allocated for unlicensed use. I am pleased to see that consistent with what I have called for in the past, Chairman Pai is moving forward with making all 1200 MHz of the 6 GHz band available for unlicensed use while also taking steps to protect incumbent users operating in the band from harmful interference. This spectrum will be critical for unlocking innovation, creating new opportunities for American consumers and businesses, and narrowing the digital divide.”
Earlier this year, Congressman McNerney sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to move forward with opening up the entire 6 GHz band for unlicensed use.
# # #
Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.