FCC Extends Part 90 3.65 GHz Transition Deadline to Oct. 17
Friday, March 20, 2020 | Comments

The FCC extended the deadline for certain licensees in the 3.65 – 3.7 GHz band to transition existing Part 90 operations, used to provide high-speed broadband, utility communications and other essential wireless services, to the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). Part 90 licensees that would have been required to transition before Oct. 17 now have until Oct. 17 to complete their transitions.

This will not impact the timing of the June 25 auction of priority access licensees (PALs) in the 3.5 GHz band, the FCC said.

“Granting this temporary extension will enable Part 90 licensees to focus on continuing to provide high-speed broadband and other critical services during this national state of emergency,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “This is a logical delay of the transition during the pandemic to ensure that current licensees, like WISPs (wireless ISPs) and electric utilities, can keep their eyes on the ball when it comes to helping consumers. We can allow this flexibility while still maintaining a reasonable timeline for this transition. I’m also pleased we could find a way to grant this relief without impacting this summer’s important 5G auction.”

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau issued an order granting the extension on its own motion, after finding that given the evolving and unpredictable nature of the pandemic, Oct. 17 is a reasonable deadline. As a result of this grant of relief, these Part 90 licensees will have more time to transition and can use this period to remain focused on keeping Americans connected.

Last year, several critical infrastructure groups asked the FCC for an extension of the transition deadline.

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