Federal Communications Commission
Washington, DC 20554
COMMENTS OF CALIFORNIA INTERNET, L.P. DBA GEOLINKS
California Internet, L.P. DBA GeoLinks (“GeoLinks” or the “Company”) submits these comments in support of the Petition for Rulemaking (“Petition”) filed by RADWIN LTD. (“RADWIN”).
GeoLinks is proud to service the largest coverage area of any single fixed wireless Internet service provider in the state the California. The Company’s fixed wireless technology platform depends on access to spectrum resources sufficient to support enterprise-level broadband connections. For the reasons set forth herein, GeoLinks supports the rule changes proposed in the Petition and urges the Commission to open a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on this matter.
In the Petition, RADWIN requests that “the FCC modify its rules to allow for the provision of improved broadband services in the U-NII-1 (5.15-5.25 GHz) and U-NII-3 (5.725 and 5.85 GHz) Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (“U-NII”) bands.” Specifically, RADWIN seeks “modification of Section 15.407 of the rules to allow devices that emit multiple directional beams sequentially in the U-NII-1 and U-NII-3 bands to operate at power limits that are allowed for point-to-point systems in those bands.” GeoLinks supports this rule change.
As an initial matter, and as GeoLinks has advocated in numerous proceedings before the Commission, point-to-multipoint (“P2MP”) technology is ideal to meet the ever-growing need for high-speed broadband throughout the country, especially for rural, unserved areas. While point-to-point (“P2P”) connections have been successful for fixed wireless providers in the 5 GHz band, for example, this approach is limited in its application. Specifically, P2P connections are cost effective for a single connection point (e.g. one school, community anchor institution, or business), but they are not, comparatively, for multiple connections (e.g. multiple residences throughout a community) as they require additional transmission equipment and infrastructure to reach each additional user. P2MP connections, on the other hand, create opportunities to connect multiple users from one transmission point without the need for additional infrastructure. This may include numerous homes or buildings within a densely populated area or homes in rural areas that are, sometimes, miles apart. GeoLinks believes that policies that foster the use of this technology fall squarely within the Commission’s stated goal to “encourages and facilitate an environment that stimulates investment and innovation in broadband technology and services.”
As discussed in the Petition, P2MP systems that utilize electronically steered sequential multiple directional beams will allow users, such as fixed wireless providers, to provide high-quality, broadband connections over the U-NII-1 and U-NII-3 bands with less risk of creating or receiving harmful interference (compared to traditional P2MP systems). Because fixed wireless providers, such as GeoLinks, have no incentive to cause interference (which would only serve to diminish their own signals), the Company believes that the industry as a whole will take great care in coordinating frequencies and transmission paths in order to operate these sequential multiple directional beams in the bands, pursuant to revised rules. For these reasons, GeoLinks supports the Petition and urges the Commission to open a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on this matter.
Based on the foregoing, GeoLinks supports the RADWIN Petition and urges the Commission to open a rulemaking to consider the rules changes proposed therein.
/s/ Skyler Ditchfield, Chief Executive Officer
/s/ Melissa Slawson, General Counsel/ V.P of Government Affairs and Education
July 30, 2018