FCC Issues Majority of PALs in CBRS Band
Friday, March 12, 2021 | Comments

The FCC issued a majority of the priority access licenses (PAL) won in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) auction.

The commission granted 222 of the 225 applications received for PALs. Those applications represent a total of 17,450 PALs. The FCC said that more than 70% of the applications issued received a very small business, small business or rural service provider bidding credit in the auction.

“Five years ago, this agency recognized that our traditional spectrum auctions needed an update and that the 3.5 GHz band was the perfect place to start” said FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Then this past summer, the FCC took a significant step forward with the record-setting 3.5 GHz band auction. With today’s grants, we continue to make progress in implementing the 3.5 GHz band concept and further demonstrate US leadership in spectrum innovation.”

Spectrum access system (SAS) administrators will manage shared used of the 3.5 GHz band by federal and non-federal users in the three tiers of authorization: incumbent access, priority access and general access. The commission continues to review and process the remaining PAL applications.

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