Utilities: CBRS opportunities and challenges


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Ten utilities paid over a combined $174M (almost 4% of auction proceeds) to acquire Priority Access Licenses (PALs), the licenses to use CBRS spectrum. Broadband wireless networks could be transformative for their business and spectrum is a critical component that enables this transition.

In this Sparring Partners, Jeff Casey and Bruce Albright, Burns & McDonnell, joined Chris Nicoll, Omdia, and Monica Paolini, Senza Fili, to discuss why CBRS licensed spectrum gives utilities the opportunity to use CBRS spectrum for multiple use cases – including enterprise and IoT applications, remote facilities monitoring and control, staff and vehicle connectivity, and new wide-area services to their customers, such as fixed wireless access.


Jeff Casey
Strategy and Consulting Manager 
Burns & McDonnell

Bruce Albright
5G Solutions Manager 
Burns & McDonnell

Chris Nicoll, Omdia

Chris Nicoll
Senior Principal Analyst

Monica Paolini
Senza Fili