Proposed CBRS Rules Suit Cable’s Cause

By Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor, Light Reading


The FCC’s proposed licensing rules for the 3.5 GHz CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum targeted the middle ground, looking to avoid any clear-cut winners and losers.

And though the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) trumpeted the proposal as a compromise that would not please everyone, the cable industry should be particularly satisfied, given the proposed size of the license areas.

The rules, set for an FCC vote on October 23, propose county-sized Priority Access Licenses (PALs), versus the census tracts and Partial Economic Areas (PEAs) that others advocated for.

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About CBRS Alliance

The CBRS Alliance believes that LTE-based solutions in the CBRS band, utilizing shared spectrum, can enable both in-building and outdoor coverage and capacity expansion at massive scale. In order to maximize CBRS’ full potential, the CBRS Alliance aims to enable a robust ecosystem towards making LTE-based CBRS solutions available. The mission of the CBRS Alliance is to evangelize LTE-based CBRS technology, use cases and business opportunities while simultaneously driving technology developments necessary to fulfill the mission, including multi-operator LTE capabilities. The Alliance will also establish an effective product certification program for LTE equipment in the US 3.5 GHz band ensuring multi-vendor interoperability.

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