From: Kurtis Heimerl <kheimerl@cs...> - 2010-04-27 20:01:52
Hello openbts-discuss, my name is Kurtis Heimerl, and I'm a graduate
student at UC Berkeley working for Eric Brewer's TIER group. We focus
on technology and infrastructure for the developing world. We've very
excited about OpenBTS and are planning a Berkeley, California
deployment to test some additions and modifications to OpenBTS to
allow it to operate in low-density rural areas more effectively.
We're beginning the process of applying for an STA 6-month license to
operate the basestation on campus, covering (presumably) the wider
Berkeley area. As this location has a number of existing wireless
providers, we expect some amount of difficulty in acquiring
permissions. As per the black rock deployment
(http://openbts.sourceforge.net/FieldTest/index.html) we expect to
contact all of the network providers in the area who operate on the
spectrum we hope to be allotted (900, as it's not heavily utilized
here in the US). Our search indicates that just ATT and Verizon hold
licenses for that spectrum in the Berkeley area.
I'm hoping for some feedback on what difficulties and bottlenecks we
should expect from this process. Has anyone else attempted to get a
license in an urban area? Are there any other issues we should be
aware of before submitting the application?