NHMC Supports Retaining Small License Areas with Short Term Renewals in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service Spectrum Band

On May 30, 2018, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) joined public interest organizations in a letter led by the Open Technology Institute at New America in support of retaining small license areas with short terms and competitive renewal for Priority Access Licenses (PALs) in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band.

The letter reads, “The CBRS rules struck a careful balance that gives every industry and public institution direct access to interference-protected spectrum, allowing market forces – rather than a top-down FCC industrial policy – to promote innovation, competition, rural broadband access, and consumer choice in the development of America’s future 5G ecosystem. The Commission should reject any effort to backtrack on this forward-thinking spectrum policy.”

The organizations which signed on to the letter include:

Open Technology Institute at New America
Public Knowledge
National Hispanic Media Coalition
Consumers Union
Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition
American Library Association
Consumer Federation of America
Tribal Digital Village Network
Common Cause
Next Century Cities
Free Press
Benton Foundation
Gigabit Libraries Network

To read the full letter, click here.

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