NTCA Addresses Part 96 Citizens Broadband Radio Service Deadlines with FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

On November 19, 2019, NTCA member Jimmy Todd, General Manager of Nex-Tech in Lenora, Kansas and Brian Ford of NTCA met with staff from the FCC Wireless Telecommunication Bureau to urge the FCC to grant the Petition for Waiver filed jointly by the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (“WISPA”) and the Utilities Technology Council (“UTC”) requesting an extension of the April 17, 2020 deadline in regards to the Part 96 Citizens Broadband Radio Service (“CBRS”) rules.  NTCA noted many companies including Nex-Tech use CBRS spectrum to offer fixed wireless broadband service to difficult to reach customers and would be adversely affected by the deadline to replace equipment in order to become compliant.

Request for Waiver of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service Transition Deadline, WT Docket No. 18-353