FCC Proposes to Create New Citizens Broadband Radio Service in 3.5 GHz Band

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The FCC has adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNRPM) proposing rules to create a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) by making 150 MHz of spectrum available in the 3.5 GHz band. The Commission proposes to create three classes of licenses: (1) Federal and non-federal incumbent licensees would be afforded the highest level of protection (2) Priority Access Licenses would be available for flexible use and subject to competitive bidding; (3) general authorized access use would be licensed by rule and would be allowed in a reserved band and on an opportunistic basis. The Commission proposes that the CBRS be managed by a dynamic spectrum access system that will manage access and operations among the three tiers.

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