FCC Releases 900 MHz NOI

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to “begin a proceeding to examine whether any rule changes may be appropriate to increase access to spectrum, improve spectrum efficiency, and expand flexibility in the 896-901/935-940 MHz band (900 MHz) for next generation technologies and services.” 

The FCC releases an NOI when it is less than certain how it wishes to proceed. NOIs present general and specific questions to help the FCC gather industry viewpoints and to determine whether to proceed to the next step in the regulatory development process, possibly a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. 

The NOI includes discussions of the Joint EWA/PDV Petition for Rulemaking, which proposes bifurcating the band to create a private carrier broadband allocation focused on business enterprise users, including critical information infrastructure (CII), and the M2M Networks, Inc. proposal to allow all Business/Industrial Land Transportation (B/ILT) spectrum to be used for an Internet of Things (IoT) service to B/ILT-eligible entities. 

The FCC’s inquiry includes questions about the costs and benefits of various approaches to band renovation, including the possibility of providing for a 5X5 broadband allocation or leaving the band as is. Comments are due on September 18, and Reply Comments on October 18. (WT Docket No. 17-200) 

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