• FCC Commissioner Discusses CBRS
  • January 4, 2018 | Author: Gregory E. Kunkle
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • At a Conference in Washington, D.C. last week, FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said he hopes the FCC will expedite action on the 3.5 GHz proceeding and finalize its proposed rules in the first quarter of 2018. Commissioner O’Rielly supports the FCC’s proposed changes, which include 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. Commissioner O’Rielly’s comments are consistent with other public statements he has made about this proceeding. However, the proposed changes are not without controversy. FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel issued a dissent, arguing that proposals were “short-sighted,” and “impeding real progress.”