EWA Affirms 800 MHz Incumbent Preference Position

In Reply Comments filed December 22, 2016, EWA endorsed the FCC effort to promote expanded access to Private Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) spectrum and urged the FCC to adopt the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) recommendations regarding priority access to the 800 MHz Expansion Band (EB) and Guard Band (GB) spectrum. These Comments were filed in response to WP Docket No. 16-261. 

Others filing Reply Comments to the NPRM included UTC, NYCOMCO, MRA and Motorola Solutions, which all supported a priority access period for all available channels and a lifting of the inter-category freeze during that period. UTC expressed concern about speculation and noted that the prospective SMR applicants arguing against priority access all are related to M2M. AASHTO supported priority access but opposed lifting the freeze, fearing that it would limit PS opportunities to acquire channels. As expected, WIA (formerly PCIA) opposed any preference as did M2M. Both argued that the FCC should not “pick winners and losers” and both ignored concerns about speculation. 

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