Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

By Rikin Thakker

A Look Into 6 Use Cases for CBRS —

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vision of making spectrum available on a shared basis is now a commercial reality. The Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band includes 150 megahertz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band (3550 MHz-3700 MHz) that will be available to both licensed and lightly licensed users for applications ranging from industrial Internet of Things (IoT) to fixed-wireless access and private LTE networks.

Licensing in the CBRS band is neither exclusive nor completely open unlicensed spectrum. Instead, the FCC adopted a hybrid approach to the band, marrying elements of licensed and unlicensed use in a novel sharing regime. Similar to how companies like Uber and Airbnb have enabled the so-called sharing economy by leveraging existing assets owned and controlled by third parties to maximize their value through technology and sophisticated algorithms, so too does the FCC’s licensing regime in the CBRS band by taking underutilized government spectrum and making it available for commercial use.

The hallmark principle of the CBRS band is that usage rights are available on an opportunistic basis; spectrum in the band is generally available for commercial use on a use-it-or-lose-it basis.

Learn about 6 potential use cases for CBRS in this hyper-connected world of ours.

Originally published on isemag.com August 1, 2020