UTC, WISPA Seek Extension of Transition of 3.5 GHz to CBRS

UTC and WISPA jointly requested a waiver to extend the deadline for completing the transition of grandfathered operations in the 3650-3700 MHz band to the new CBRS rules. The transition period is tied to the grant and expiration date of individual licenses and ends between April 17, 2020 and January 8, 2023. The waiver request asks that all grandfathered licenses be given until January 8, 2023, to complete the transition. It argues that more time is needed because the recent rule changes and equipment availability issues make the current deadlines onerous.

WISPA enlisted supporting comments from several dozen WISPs. Xcel Energy, CenterPoint, and API filed in support as well. Not surprisingly, CTIA, T-Mobile, NCTA, and Federated Wireless have all opposed the request, urging the FCC not to take any action that could delay access to this band and, if necessary, to handle waiver requests on a case-by-case basis. 

Reply Comments, which were due on December 24, 2018, were filed by UTC/WISPA and Motorola Solutions, Inc. and appear to reflect a difference of opinion as to whether a proxy controller workaround is available that would allow legacy systems designed to meet the 3.65-3.7 GHz rules to communicate with a Spectrum Access System (SAS) for purposes of interference avoidance (18-353)  


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