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By Monica Alleven


The temporary shutdown of the FCC last month certainly put a damper on the ability to get Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) equipment certified, but the CBRS Alliance expects to see initial commercial deployment (ICD) in the second quarter of 2019, with full commercial service occurring in the third quarter.

Of course, all of that could change if another government shutdown happens, but that’s the current assessment from CBRS Alliance Board Chair Chris Stark, who issued a statement to that effect to alliance members after the board’s quarterly meeting in San Francisco last month. That view is informed by all of the information currently available to the board, which acknowledged that some of the macro issues may play out differently than it’s anticipating and accounting for.

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