Opportunities for Network Service Providers Arising from the FCC’s 3.5 GHz Shared Spectrum Regime
The FCC’s recent decision to unlock an additional 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band for mobile broadband and commercial users under the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (“CBRS”) is unprecedented. The agency’s initiative will make available significant amounts of new spectrum to both licensed and unlicensed users utilizing an innovative new spectrum sharing regime.
This LIVE webcast will unpack the FCC’s CBRS 3.5 GHz service rules governing the anticipated licensed and unlicensed use of this spectrum, outline key aspects of the sharing regime, and explore opportunities for both traditional network service providers, distributed antenna systems (DAS) providers, and new entrants to deliver LTE- capable wireless broadband and voice services over this new spectrum platform.
Davis Wright Tremaine
- The FCC’s 3.5 GHz band rules, known as Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), will make available 150 MHz of spectrum for mobile, fixed and industrial uses under an innovative spectrum sharing regime in the U.S.
- This new FCC spectrum sharing regime in the 3.5 GHz band is presenting opportunities for service providers to develop new unregulated (or “lightly” regulated) last mile solutions.
- Mobile carriers, cable operators, wireless ISPs, Distributed Antenna System providers, tower operators, and industrial users are all currently exploring different service delivery models & last-mile solutions utilizing this soon to be available spectrum.
- The FCC’s initiative is driven by a lack of available spectrum for commercial uses in the U.S. (and globally), which continues to hamper the mobile industry, in part because the federal government holds most spectrum (but is not using much of the allocated spectrum).
- In response to spectrum crunch and related concerns Presidential Council on Science and Technology (PCAST) report publishes 2012 report outlining potential sharing regime that would open some federal spectrum to commercial use (with limitations).
- In 2015 the FCC incorporates spectrum sharing regime into new proposed 3.5 GHz banc CBRS rules and proposes to use dynamic spectrum assignment process (thru third-party spectrum administrator) to facilitate sharing.
- This webinar will explore the FCC’s spectrum sharing regime, access rights for potential users, the role of third-party administrators to mediate and administer shared spectrum, and emerging service delivery models and use cases for this new 150 MHz of spectrum.
Who Should Attend:
- Network service providers
- Cable Operators
- Wireless Internet Service Providers
- Traditional Cellular Wireless Service Providers
- Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) Providers
K.C. Halm advises wireless providers and other entities with spectrum holdings on spectrum acquisition, licensing, leasing and related issues arising in spectrum transactions. Clients rely upon K.C. to navigate the complex regulatory issues in such transactions, including enhanced factor review for spectrum below 1 GHz, competition analysis, build-out rules, and designated entity (DE) bidding credit eligibility. K.C. counsels clients pursuing commercial operations under the new spectrum sharing regime in the FCC’s 3.5 GHz CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) band, and has assisted clients with the acquisition of a range of spectrum assets including 2.5 GHz, cellular, 700 MHz, PCS and AWS. In addition, K.C. represents wireless service providers and other spectrum holders in Enforcement Bureau proceedings and disputes involving spectrum interference issues.
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