FCC Announces Partial Lifting of 4.9 GHz Licensing Freeze

On October 21, 2021 the FCC released a Public Notice (DA 21-1320) announcing the temporary lifting of the freeze on acceptance of certain licensing applications for the 4.9 GHz public safety band. Effective immediately the FCC will now accept the filing of applications by:

  1. Applications filed by incumbent 4.9 GHz licenses to modify existing licenses in the 4.9 GHz band, whether for permanent fixed sites or geographic areas; and
  2. Applications filed by incumbent 4.9 GHz licensees for new permanent fixed site operations located within their licensed service areas.

Additional information on requesting waivers is contained within the Public Notice.

The full document can be found here: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-1320A1.pdf or by searching for FCC 21-1320.