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FCC, Industry Mark Commercial Deployment of Shared-Spectrum Wireless Connectivity Service

Jeff Brody

The Federal Communications Commission has authorized the Citizens Broadband Radio Service Alliance to roll out an LTE-based wireless connectivity service in the 3.5 GHz spectrum.

The CBRS Alliance celebrated the initial commercial deployment of its OnGo shared-spectrum offering at a launch event that was held Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and attended by representatives from industry, FCC, the Department of Defense and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the group said Wednesday.

OnGo’s initial commercial availability on the CBRS band will run for 30 days ahead of a potential full deployment after completion of final assessment by the end of the year. Dave Wright, president of CBRS Alliance, said that deploying the service for commercial applications presents economic opportunities for industry while also supporting emerging connectivity requirements across the country.

“Industries — from start-ups to established companies — are clamoring to begin unlicensed-like service in the band, with the ability to obtain licenses next year,” said Michael O’Rielly, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. Established in 2016, the alliance’s members include AT&T, CiscoFujitsuIntel, Motorola Solutions and Verizon.

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