CCA Applauds FCC’s Adoption of New Geographic Licensing Rules for 3.5 GHz Spectrum
Washington, DC – October 23, 2019 – Today, during its Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) adopted a Report and Order (“Order”) revising existing rules governing Citizens Band Radio Services (“CBRS”), or 3.5 GHz spectrum, including to license Priority Access Licenses (“PALs”) at the county level. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) thanks Commissioner Michael O’Rielly for spearheading the effort and commends the Commission for adopting the Order, as licensing PALs by counties will help foster investment, protect against technological interference and fuel next-generation deployments to rural and remote areas.
“I thank Commissioner O’Rielly and the entire Commission for adopting the Order, which will license PALs at the county-level,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “The 3.5 GHz band is incredibly valuable spectrum and offers real opportunities for deployment of next-generation and 5G technologies. As Chairman Pai noted from a letter signed by CCA and over twenty CEOs and senior-level officials, today’s Order will provide competitive carriers, especially those that serve rural areas, with a meaningful opportunity to bid on and acquire spectrum to provide these areas with the latest broadband services.”
“I thank the Commission for its work on this important issue, which will help bridge the digital divide and bring rural Americans the advanced mobile broadband services they need and deserve.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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