FCC Opens Airwaves Swath to Spur Industrial Broadband Services

May 13, 2020, 2:27 PM

The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to allow broadband services on airwaves previously reserved for radio communications by railroads, manufacturing facilities, and petrochemical companies.

The order is aimed at spurring new high-speed broadband services to support smart electric grids, monitor oil pipelines, and provide other industrial services.

Anterix Inc., which provides private LTE networks for utilities, had lobbied the FCC for years to open up the airwaves, in the 900 MHz band, for broadband services.

The order retains some 900 MHz airwaves to support existing radio communications.

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