Comcast, Charter steer push for CBRS framework in lower 3 GHz

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When it comes to mid-band spectrum in the US, it looks as though it’s no longer a matter of spectrum stakeholders rolling up their sleeves for a national spectrum plan. It’s more like players are taking the gloves off and lining up their punches. Just as CTIA released another study supporting licensed spectrum, another group of companies sent a letter to federal spectrum agencies calling for a Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)-type framework to be applied to the lower 3 GHz band. The letter, addressed to Federal Communication Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel and National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Administrator Alan Davidson, spells out how successful the CBRS 3.5 GHz band has been in the US and how it’s driving innovative uses of spectrum. For example, farms are using CBRS to increase yields, and schools and libraries are using it to close the digital divide. The signatories are Airspan Networks, Services, American Library Association, CalChip Connect, Celona, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, Deere & Company, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, Federated Wireless, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Mavenir, JBG Smith Properties, Midcontinent Communications, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, Open Technology Institute (OTI) at New America, Pollen Mobile, Public Knowledge, Purdue Research Foundation, The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, Shure, US Ignite, Weavix and the Wireless Service Providers Association (WISPA).

Comcast, Charter steer push for CBRS framework in lower 3 GHz ‘America’s inventive spirit at its finest’ – CBRS model must be extended, says industry