Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules to allocate licensed radio spectrum in the 5030-5091 MHz band for the increasing number of drones in operation.

The FCC in the United States has proposed new rules to allow drones to operate under licensed and higher-power wireless communications rules, rather than the current unlicensed and low-power rules or experimental licenses. 

The FCC is also seeking input on whether the current regulations for various spectrum bands are sufficient to ensure the compatibility of drones with terrestrial mobile operations. 

In addition, the FCC has proposed a method by which operators of drones might receive a license to operate inside the aeronautical VHF band, which would enable them to communicate with air traffic control and other aircraft.

Because of their present and prospective applications, the FCC is thinking about methods to make drone operations more reliable.

FCC must ensure that spectrum…