EWA Recommends Eliminating PLMRS Regulatory Fees

In comments filed on June 22, 2017, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) announced support of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to raise the de minimis regulatory fee threshold from $500 to $1,000. The Alliance also supported applying that exemption to “multi-year” licenses, such as most Part 90 private land mobile radio (PLMR) licenses, but questioned whether the regulatory fee payment process could be decoupled from Universal Licensing System (ULS), which generates the Form 159 remittance form. Since the FCC does not have budget to fix the outdated and unreliable Form 601 filing process, it is unlikely that it could change the ULS fee-calculation system at any time in the near future. Instead, EWA recommended that the FCC eliminate the shared- and exclusive-use PLMRS license regulatory fee categories, along with the CMRS Messaging (Paging) category. To support the elimination of regulatory fees, EWA also stated that Part 90 spectrum licensees receive only minimal regulatory oversight, other than application processing and individual waivers, both of which are funded through application processing fees. Reply Comments are due July 7. (MD 17-134; FCC 17-62)

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