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By Michael Wedd


The FCC recently greenlit the opening of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) 3.5 GHz band for commercial use. Previously, the 3.5 GHz band had been the domain of DoD members, namely the U.S. Navy’s radar systems.

The FCC’s move is opening exciting avenues for the development of private LTE networks and more through the FCC’s new three-tiered spectrum sharing license model. While the DoD and other incumbent users will retain priority access to the 3.5 GHz band, commercial network operators can now request Private Access Licenses (PALs) or the lower tiered General Authorized Access (GAA) to use the band in 10 MHz increments for ten-year terms.

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