EWA Recommends Census Tracts for PALs at 3.5 GHz

In comments filed December 28, 2017, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “not to over-correct … the novel regulatory structure adopted for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).” Specifically, “the FCC should resist efforts to convert it into a band in which only the major nationwide carriers will be likely to secure opportunities.” For this purpose, EWA recommended that the FCC retain census tracts as the Priority Access License (PAL) geographic areas to be auctioned to create greater opportunities for smaller parties and supported an increase from a 3 to a 5-year license term with the opportunity for a single renewal period. Most entities commenting on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) recommended similar positions while the largest operators pressed for longer license terms and larger licenses, similar to other wireless auctioned spectrum. Reply Comments are due on January 29, 2018. (GN Docket No. 17-258; GN  12-354; DA 17-340; DA 17-609)


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