Higher Ground Waiver Targeted

EWA was one of several entities that filed comments opposing the FCC Order of January 18 that granted a blanket earth station waiver enabling Higher Ground LLC to operate up to 50,000 mobile earth terminals on a non-interfering basis in the 5925-6425 MHz band. As noted in the last issue of Insider, EWA’s Application for Review focused on procedural matters, particularly that the waiver runs counter to established FCC policy. Other parties filing comments focused on the potential for interference to 6 GHz microwave facilities. In response to the Applications for Review, Higher Ground provided responses to the technical challenges of the opposing parties. On March 16, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) filed a response to Higher Ground’s formal Opposition, asserting that insufficient consideration had been given to public safety operations. The FCC has not taken any further action in the proceeding, and the request to stay the effectiveness of the waiver remains pending. 

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