The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has this week adopted updates to its rules for the 70, 80, and 90 GHz spectrum bands in the US to include broadband access on ships and aircraft, in addition to backhaul service for 5G.

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In a statement, the regulator said that the new rules authorize certain point-to-point links to endpoints in motion in the 70 GHz and 80 GHz bands for the use of these frequencies for access to broadband services on aircraft and ships.

According to the FCC, the rules will promote efficient use of spectrum, and also permit the use of smaller and lower-cost antennas to facilitate the provision of backhaul service in the 70 GHz and 80 GHz bands.

"Finally, the Report and Order changes the link registration process in the 70/80/90 GHz bands to require certification of construction of registered links, which will promote more efficient use of this spectrum and improve the accuracy of the link registration database," added the FCC.

In November, the Biden Administration released a National Spectrum Strategy for the US, which aims to open up additional wireless spectrum for advanced technologies - despite the fact that spectrum auctions in the US have been in limbo since March, when the authority of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was allowed to lapse.

More than 2,700 MHz of spectrum is being studied by the US government, which could be reallocated for purposes including wireless broadband networks, satellites, and drones. The proposal also suggests improved spectrum management.

The Strategy didn't mention spectrum in the 70, 80, or 90 GHz band.