FCC Proposes Allocation of Additional Spectrum for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Communications

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed the allocation of additional spectrum for UAS communications. This proposal aims to address the growing demand for spectrum for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The additional spectrum would be used for communications between UAS and ground control stations, as well as for command and control links between UAS.

In the proposal, the FCC suggests that a portion of the spectrum in the 3.1-3.55 GHz band be allocated for UAS communications. This band is currently used for satellite and fixed wireless operations, but the FCC believes that it can be shared with UAS operations while still protecting existing users. This move could open up new opportunities for UAS applications, such as package delivery and inspections of infrastructure, by providing the necessary spectrum for reliable and secure communications.

The allocation of additional spectrum for UAS communications is part of the FCC’s broader efforts to accommodate the growth of the UAS industry and facilitate the integration of UAS into the national airspace system. The proposed action is now open to public comments and reply comments. After the public input FCC can decide on how to move forward on the auction of the spectrum and commercial UAS services can use it to provide better and reliable communications.

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