WASHINGTON � Even before the proposed Citizens Broadband Radio Service has been enacted, T-Mobile and CTIA have petitioned the FCC to change the regulatory character of the service, Donald Evans writes in CommLawBlog.
Originally conceived and approved as a broadband service for local businesses, the carriers express concern that the small license areas and short, non-renewable terms would deter investment in the band. So instead, the petitions ask that the licenses terms be extended to 10 years and be renewable. Additionally, the carriers want all of the CBRS spectrum to be available for licensed use and for the licenses to cover broader areas than the census-tract license areas, as well as other technical changes.
However, these proposed changes may make the service just another asset in the spectrum portfolios of the major carriers.
Commissioner Michael O�Rielly is leading the review of the CBRS and has given indications that he may support the proposals.
Comments on Docket No. 12-354 are due by July 24, with reply comments due Aug. 8.