FCC Approves Google to Serve as a CBRS SAS Administrator in American Samoa
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | Comments

The FCC granted a request from Google to operate as a spectrum access system (SAS) administrator in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band in American Samoa.

In January, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) approved four companies, including Google, to serve as SAS administrators in the 3.55 – 3.7 GHz band. At that time, each SAS administrator was certified to operate in the contiguous U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam.

That same month, the WTB and OET said that if a SAS operator intended to operate in other U.S. territories, it would need to submit a filing detailing the additional territories that it planned to cover. The supplemental filing needed to include all information needed for the WTB and OET to determine if the SAS can provide service to each territory, including terrain maps and associated environmental sensing capability (ESC) sensor coverage information.

In April, in consultation with the Department of Defense, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) filed a letter that described protection criteria for federal operations in and around American Samoa.

In American Samoa, a scheduling portal, instead of an ESC capability, will be used to protect dynamic protection areas (DPAs) in the spectrum. The portal-activated DPAs will be referred to as P-DPAs. SAS administrators in American Samoa are required to communicate with the portal on a regular basis and protect any P-DPA during scheduled activities.

Consistent with the methodology that is used to protect certain federal facilities in the contiguous U.S. federal operators may schedule operations in given frequency ranges using the portal.

In May, Google filed a request to operate as a SAS administrator in American Samoa in the 3.5 GHz band. Google agreed to immediately implement the P-DPA approach and communicate with the scheduling portal on a regular basis and protect any P-DPA during scheduled activities.

The FCC approved Google to provide service consistent with the methodology outlined in the NTIA’s letter in American Samoa for the remainder of its five-year term as a SAS administrator.

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