Washington (September 5) – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently considering how to change the structure of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band. This could result in major changes to how television and radio content is delivered and improve the quality of wireless broadband service in the United States.

In a new policy paper, R Street technology policy fellow Joe Kane explains why this particular band is so important, discusses why its allocation has become a matter of debate and evaluates proposals for better allocation.

Currently, the 3.7-4.2 GHz band is very likely not being used as productively as possible, and some of it should be reallocated to wireless broadband services. However, the current rules that govern the band make reallocation very difficult. The FCC should therefore seek to create an environment that facilitates its more productive use.

The author argues, “[w]e all want our TVs and radios to work, but we also want faster, more reliable Internet that works at home and on the move. The 3.7–4.2 GHz band is an ideal candidate to provide all these services but tradeoffs are omnipresent.”