NRTC members interested in wireless broadband technology will get a 25 percent discount to attend the CBRS PAL Auction Workshop 2020, March 11 in Washington, DC. Analyst firm iGR, conference firm SmartGig Media and other supporting organizations are hosting the workshop to assist those considering the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (3.5 GHz) to provide internet in their communities.
Late last year, NRTC held a webcast introducing members to CBRS. The FCC is planning to begin an auction for Priority Access Licenses (PALs) in the band on June 25. But some rural broadband providers might build business plans around General Authorized Access (GAA) to the 3.5 band, which does not involve purchasing a license. CBRS “mid-band” spectrum offers an ideal location for wireless broadband technologies, including 5G, internet of things applications, and fixed broadband to the home, especially in rural areas.
The March workshop will explore CBRS strategies more completely. The organizers say the it will “influence and forge relationships with likely auction bidders, potential GAA users, solutions providers in the CBRS and shared spectrum community — and other interested organizations in the most disruptive and exciting mid-band auction to date.”
Featured workshop speakers will include Armand Musey, president of the Summit Ridge Group; Mark Poletti, director of wireless and principal architect for CableLabs; Richard Bernhardt, national spectrum advisor for the Wireless ISP Association, and Andrew Clegg, spectrum engineering lead for Google.
The workshop will be at the Convene Conference Center in downtown DC, about two blocks from the White House. Register today and use the promo code “NRTC” for the discount.