BRINGING INNOVATION BRINGING COMPETITION BRINGING EFFICIENCY BRINGING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP

TO AMERICA’S WIRELESS FUTURE

Wireless spectrum is essential to America’s technology leadership, industrial might, and global competitiveness. Spectrum for the Future is a broad coalition of companies and organizations dedicated to maximizing America’s scarce spectrum resource, ensuring it will drive innovation, create jobs, build connections, and protect mission-critical national security functions now and for years to come.

SPECTRUM SHARING IS DRIVING INNOVATION IN INDUSTRY AND MANUFACTURING

WHAT’S NEXT FOR
SPECTRUM SHARING

Every day, consumers and businesses rely on wireless devices to enrich their daily lives and enable their workflows. The number of these devices and the bandwidth consumed by them are growing at an ever-increasing rate, making it critical that we get the most use out of the airwaves that power them.

As policymakers consider making additional spectrum available to serve the American people, we must build on the demonstrated success of existing shared spectrum models.

For example, the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) provides a case study for the ability of shared spectrum to drive innovation in an incredibly short period of time.  CBRS is a low power, shared-license model that allows the Department of Defense (DoD) to avoid band clearing (and its associated costs) and continue its critical operations while also allowing a wide variety of commercial operators to use spectrum in the same band. Just two years after the completion of its FCC auction, CBRS is being leveraged for a multitude of uses, including smart phones, IoT devices, building management sensors, real-time logistics at transportation hubs, sensors for precision agriculture, and patient monitoring by hospitals.

Case Study: Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) first licensed low-power operations in the CBRS band just three years ago and completed its auction of shared licenses just two years ago. In that short timeframe, CBRS is now being used throughout the country.

Over 368,000 CBRS base station devices deployed

98% of U.S. states, D.C., and islands with at least one active CBRS base station

350 CBRS base station models certified by FCC

More than 720 different end-user devices certified by FCC

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