The FCC is giving Part 90 licensees in the 3650-3700 MHz band more time to transition their operations to Part 96 Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The agency said the extension won’t affect the June auction of Priority Access Licensees in the 3.5 GHz Band.
Part 90 operations are used to provide high-speed broadband, utility
communications, and other essential wireless services. The move involves
changing out equipment on towers. The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau issued an order
Thursday granting a six-month extension for the transition. The prior
deadline of April 17, has been pushed ahead to October 17.
“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 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.” Continue Reading