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Federated Wireless Applauds FCC for Adopting Three-Tier Spectrum Sharing Network and Recommends That the Exclusion Zones Be Eliminated to Broaden Access Further

July 15, 2014

In a response filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Federated Wireless presents rationales and supporting public data to support the removal of the zones, illustrating that the CBSDs that will use the 3.5 GHz band for consumer devices are resilient and therefore don’t require the protection of an exclusion zone.

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Federated Wireless, which develops technologies with the aim of maximizing the utilization of spectrum resources, today announces that it filed a response to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in the Matter of Amendment of the Commission’s Rules with Regard to Commercial Operations in the 3550-3650 MHz Band (Docket 12-354). In its response, Federated Wireless applauded the Commission for adopting a three-tier spectrum sharing network and provided recommendations concerning the elimination of geographic exclusion zones, which is expected to allow the entire U.S. population access to this important resource.

In its filing, Federated Wireless recommended the elimination of the FCC’s proposed exclusion zones as not required to protect secondary systems and indicated that the company will provide in future filings results of testing that demonstrate the feasibility of its proposed approach. The future data and analysis to be provided by Federated Wireless will illustrate that dynamic spectrum access, when implemented with both sensing and Spectrum Access System (SAS) management, protects incumbent federal radio systems.

Federated Wireless’ recommendations are presented to persuade the FCC to open up the 3550 MHz band to all Americans, and allow Citizens Broadband Radio Service Devices (CBSDs) to operate to the U.S. shoreline, except when SAS dynamically determines operations would interfere with incumbent federal radio systems. The analysis also showed that these same methods can be used to enable efficient spectrum sharing between PAL and GAA radio systems.

“Federated Wireless data will show that we have the ability to make a great leap forward in reducing, if not eliminating, the size of the exclusion zones, magnifying the economic value of spectrum sharing,” said John Serafini, General Manager of Federated Wireless. Serafini is also Vice President at Allied Minds (LSE: ALM), the parent company of Federated Wireless.

Federated Wireless has been an active participant in the rulemaking process managed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, which has designated two frequency bands as “Fast Track” spectrum for commercial use. In previous responses, Boston-based Federated Wireless provided proposals for a three-step licensing model and system architecture, incorporating large parts of the Revised Framework as proposed by the FCC. A member of the Wireless Innovation Forum, the company is building a proprietary SAS that leverages advanced cognitive radio techniques to provide secure, dynamic and efficient sharing of spectrum resources.

“We commend the FCC for its decision to adopt a three-tier framework for spectrum sharing. We would encourage the agency to move rapidly to complete this process by issuing the Report and Order to allow U.S. citizens to capitalize on the economic gains predicted by the PCAST report by virtue of opening up additional spectrum for commercial wireless use,” Serafini said. “With strong principles for efficient shared spectrum management having now been established, the remaining technical specifications and procedures can now be finalized by stakeholders in both government and industry.”

In addition to Serafini, Federated Wireless is led by Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed, Dr. Charles Clancy, Dr. Robert McGwier and Dr. Joe Mitola. Federated Wireless’s response to the FCC, as well as more information about the company and its technology, can be found on its website,

About Federated Wireless

Founded in 2012, Federated Wireless was formed around groundbreaking technologies originating from Virginia Tech and backed by investors, Allied Minds. The company addresses the changing needs of wireless communications from a unique perspective of supply, demand and the appropriateness of solutions for various problems, combining world-class expertise in cognitive radio with advanced analytics to enhance the performance of mobile broadband networks, improving capacity through higher spectrum utilization and optimizing the flow of data. More information can be found at

About Allied Minds

Allied Minds (LSE: ALM) is a dedicated innovation and technology company that deploys capital to form, fund, manage and build products and businesses based on innovative technologies developed at leading U.S. universities and federal research institutions. For more information, visit

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