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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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