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Statement of Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kinkoph on the FCC's Approval of Initial Commercial Deployments in the 3.5 GHz Band

September 16, 2019

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Statement of Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Doug Kinkoph on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval of initial commercial deployments in the 3.5 GHz band:

“Today’s action represents an exciting, critical achievement in putting more mid-band spectrum to use for innovative commercial services. It is a culmination of years of hard, collaborative work with our partners at the FCC, the Department of Defense, and the private sector to enable a dynamic spectrum sharing framework. It is also a launching pad for what will follow, as this 3.5 GHz CBRS spectrum is rolled out for licensed-by-rule uses and later licensed services in the band. We are eager to see how this spectrum is put to use by the broad ecosystem that has emerged around CBRS, including the announced future support of 5G.”