NRECA and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) submitted joint comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Dec. 28, 2017, in response to the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order Terminating Petitions regarding the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).
NRECA and NRTC support certain revisions to the CBRS rules to promote service in rural America. Specifically, NRECA and NRTC support:
• 10-year terms for Priority Access Licenses ("PAL") with a renewal expectancy and incentives to promote construction and substantial service;
• PAL boundary areas defined by a mix of census tracts and county lines;
• An aggregation limit of no more than three PALs;
• An allowance for the partitioning, disaggregation and leasing of PALs, but not as a substitute for the boundary area recommendations;
• Confidential treatment of CBSD registration information in most instances; and,
• The retention of 80 MHz for general availability, consistent with the current rules.