Democratizing Wireless Internet Access with CBRS


Digital transformation is happening all around us. With the rollout of 5G, enterprises are eager to deploy solutions which help unlock vital business applications. But, many families and communities still aren’t seeing the effects of this new digital age – in fact, they’re seeing the pitfalls of it.

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated how drastic lack of wireless connectivity is within the United States. Schooling, once considered the great equalizer, had to digitally evolve when children were no longer allowed to be in the same room. There was sufficient technology to support that evolution; however, there was still a problem with access. Without wireless connectivity to the home, students traveled on foot to fast food restaurants trying to obtain a signal to complete homework. That’s not sustainable.

CBRS, originally labeled the Innovation Band, has unlocked so many possibilities for what wireless technology can offer communities. This critical mid-band spectrum has successfully automated warehouses, connected robots, and updated modern ways of agricultural business. These innovative use cases are to be celebrated and we can still work to use this valuable spectrum to connect more people to more things.

A CBRS fixed-wireless network, like the one built in McAllen, Texas, empowers communities to be a part of our ever-changing world. Students can connect to the most cutting-edge online learning resources. Community members can job train at home and become new entrants into the workforce. The best fixed wireless internet providers unlock possibilities, previously thought impossible.

What makes CBRS the perfect fit for a fixed wireless solution? A CBRS network combines licensed and unlicensed spectrum. In this solution environment, Spectrum Access System (SAS) Administrators have visibility into what devices are deployed on the network – giving network operators an advocate to mitigate any claims of interference. This visibility guarantees excellent quality of service for the business operator.

One of the biggest benefits of deploying a CBRS network is the vast amount of unlicensed spectrum that is available. Without a Priority Access License (PAL) deployed, there can be up to 100 MHz of free, unlicensed spectrum ready for commercial use. This free, unlicensed spectrum allows fixed wireless operators to build cost-effective networks for their communities, wherever the community may be. With the cost efficiencies and gains in coverage, the best fixed internet providers will continue to factor CBRS into their plans for the foreseeable future.

Federated Wireless is the industry leader in providing connectivity for CBRS networks. We’ve partnered with the leading equipment manufacturers and resellers to ensure that the most cutting-edge devices are interoperable with our network. We’re ready to help you connect your community through a fixed-wireless deployment.

About the author /
Anthony Abron is the Customer Marketing Manager at Federated Wireless.
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