• FCC Adopts 3.5 GHz Band NPRM
  • November 22, 2017 | Author: Gregory E. Kunkle
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Last week, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to further revise its Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) rules, which include the 3.65 GHz band. Among other things, the FCC has proposed extending the license term for Priority Access Licenses (PAL), creating a license renewal expectancy for PALs, authorizing the agency to auction a PAL in an area even if there is only a single bidder, and increasing the geographic area covered by PALs. The proposed changes are not without controversy: FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel issued a dissent, arguing that proposals were “short-sighted,” and “impeding real progress.” Comments and Reply Comments will be due after the item is published in the Federal Register, which should occur in the next few weeks. For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle ([email protected]; 202.434.4178).