Given the broad array of regulatory and spectrum allocation policy matters that come before EWA and its membership, it is critical that the Alliance engage primarily in proceedings that impact the majority of its members. This is especially the case given that EWA’s membership base includes not only wireless system licensees, but also manufacturers, vendors and communication service providers whose interests do not always align. EWA therefore follows well-defined advocacy determination procedures that require two-thirds approval by EWA’s Board of Directors before new advocacy efforts may be pursued. Members are always welcome to share their recommendations and comments on EWA advocacy initiatives, and are encouraged to attend EWA’s bi-weekly Regulatory Teleconference Forums where Elizabeth Sachs, Esq., Regulatory Counsel, Robin Cohen, President/CEO, and Mark Crosby, Chief Strategy Officer, discuss national telecommunication policy matters and answer member questions.
The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) follows similar advocacy determination procedures, but simple majority approval by the membership, and with no more than one fourth of the membership voting in opposition, is sufficient to initiate an LMCC advocacy effort. In many instances, EWA prefers to pursue advocacy initiatives through the LMCC as consensus within the industry is viewed favorably by the FCC.