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FCC Holds Public Forum to Discuss Deployments of Indoor Small Cell Sites

The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, in conjunction with the FCC's Technical Advisory Committee Small Cell working group and Spectrum Task Force, held a public forum focusing on indoor deployments of small cell sites at the Commission's Headquarters in Washington, DC on October 28, 2011.

Recent developments in technology offer an increasingly wide array of products to provide wireless coverage and capacity in limited or confined areas.  Together, they offer potentially useful solutions to addressing the exploding demand for spectrum that is being driven by the exponential growth in wireless data services.

As colleges and universities work to enhance wireless coverage -- especially in facilities that need emergency access to wireless services -- indoor small cell sites are sure to receive more attention from those integrating communications systems on campus.

The forum provided an overview of small cell technologies currently available or soon to come on-line, including software defined radios and enhanced Wi-Fi in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.  In addition, panelists explored the business opportunities and challenges involved in expanding wireless data coverage.  In sum, the forum assessed the potential economic impact of small cell deployments, particularly with respect to job creation, and explored possible policy approaches.

An archived recording of the forum and the source documents can be found here:


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