FiberTower Ex Parte Notice and mmWave Security Attachments for the Spectrum Frontiers Proceeding GN Docket No. 14-177

Notice of Ex Parte Filing - Use of Spectrum Bands Above 24GHz for Mobile Radio Services GN Docket No. 14-177 filed March 28, 2016.

On March 24, 2016, Joseph Sandri and Christopher Naoum of FiberTower Spectrum Holdings, LLC (“FiberTower”), along with Douglas Brandon and Steven Rowings of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, met with the following staff of the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) in the above-captioned proceeding: John Schauble, Brian Regan, Tim Hilfiger, Simon Banyai, Catherine Schroeder, Nancy Zaczek, and Matthew Pearl of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau; Serey Thai of the Office of Engineering and Technology; Jose Albuquerque of the International Bureau; and Ahmed Lahjouji of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.

In the meeting, FiberTower discussed the importance of ensuring the resiliency and security of 5G networks deployed over the millimeter wave (“mmW”) band spectrum, as described more fully in the attached materials. In particular, FiberTower emphasized the need for mission-critical networks to be physically diverse and independently powerable to ensure ongoing operations in the event of natural or manmade disruptions to a portion of the network. FiberTower also discussed the measures that can be taken to ensure that 5G communications are physically secure, such as by exclusive licensing to prohibit use of certain frequencies by any party other than the licensee and by unique device configurations that preclude access to the communications by devices outside the network. FiberTower and the staff then discussed the importance of encrypting the communications themselves to further ensure their security. Additionally, FiberTower discussed its support for the concept of “security by design,” and for the Commission’s setting of minimum security standards for the deployment of 5G networks to safeguard the mission-critical services that will be delivered over 5G.

To read the entire filing with all of the attachments click HERE.