NTIA Releases Federal Agency Cost Estimates for CBRS Spectrum Sharing
Monday, January 06, 2020 | Comments

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released an initial estimate of sharing costs and timelines for eligible frequencies in the 3.55 – 3.65 GHz spectrum band.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reviewed the data, which was sent to the FCC, as required by statute to be provided at least six months prior to commencement of the FCC's auction of the frequencies. In 2019, the proposed application and bidding procedures for the auction of the priority access licenses (PAL) in the 3.55 – 3.65 GHz band, also called Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum. The commission scheduled the auction to begin June 25.

The federal entities submitted transition plans to NTIA and a technical panel established by the NTIA Organization Act. The panel found these plans to be sufficient. Specifically, based on the information provided in the transition plans and on behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO), the Defense Information Systems Agency's Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO), the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force and the Department of the Navy.

NTIA compiled and consolidated the agencies' estimated costs. The information does not include transition timelines because the FCC's rules provide for a sharing mechanism that has already been established, and such sharing can begin concurrent with DOD's implementation of the transition plans.

DSO will see sharing costs of $48.36 million, and the Navy will have costs of $30.43 million. The Army’s cost for sharing the CBRS spectrum is nearly $12 million, followed by the Air Force at about $5.1 million. OCIO would have spectrum sharing costs of around $2.35 million for a total of $98.17 million.

NTIA will also provide the data to several committees in both the House and Senate, according to the letter from Douglas W. Kinkoph, associate administrator, NTIA Office of Telecommunication and Information Applications, to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

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