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  • 1. Bringing Broadband to Indian Country 4.22.09 Bhavin Parekh Julie Penner Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • 2. Overview • Broadband Connectivity in Indian Country • Extending the Use of the 3650 MHz Band • Increasing Power Limits in Unlicensed Spectrum • Summary Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • 3. Broadband in Indian Country: Fort Belknap • In 2007, the population was 1,184 & 96.8% American Indian • Billings, MT (pop. 50K+) is 186 miles away • Unemployment Rate is 26% • Telephone Penetration Rate of 89.3% (2000) Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • 4. Extending the 3650 MHz Band Now Restricted Unrestricted 3650 3675 3700 Proposal Restricted Unrestricted 3650 3675 3700 Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • 5. Extending the 3650 MHz Band • Proposal • Grant case-by-case exemptions to operate restricted contention-based protocol devices in the entire 50MHz between 3650 & 3700. • Requirements • Located in or serving rural communities Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • 6. Extending the 3650 MHz Band Benefits Concerns • Allows tribal communities • Could decrease incentives to access to additional spectrum develop unrestricted technology using existing devices • Tribal communities could • Low risk of interference in rural become dependent on the full areas 50MHz of spectrum • Spectrum is available now • High Switching Costs when unrestricted devices are • Can go limit restricted devices available to 25MHz again when unrestricted devices are available & cost effective Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • 7. Increasing Power Limits in Unlicensed Spectrum Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • 8. Increasing Power Limits in Unlicensed Spectrum • Proposal • Allow increased power limits on unlicensed spectrum in rural areas, 10W for 2.4GHz and 4-35W for 5.xGHz • Requirements • Database registration • Burden to resolve interference issues • Contention-based protocol Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • 9. Increasing Power Limits in Unlicensed Spectrum Benefits Concerns • Improved range for services • Licensed users worried about Interference • Increase in number of customers • Unlicensed users worried about interference: “Tragedy of the • Reduced number of repeaters Commons” • Efficient use of spectrum • Devices not yet available • Lower risk of interference in • Interference outside of rural areas boundaries Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • 10. Summary: A Return to Fort Belknap Wednesday, April 22, 2009
  • 11. Questions? Wednesday, April 22, 2009