FCC Denies Bristol Meyers Waiver Request

Writing that it seeks to protect “the amount of spectrum set aside for current and future” Airport Terminal Use (ATU) operations, the FCC denied the Request for Waiver filed by Bristol-Myers Squibb in an Order released September 6. The FCC did not find compelling Bristol-Myer’s willingness to accept secondary status as the pharmaceutical company proposes to operate in centralized trunked mode. The FCC also stated that the applicant had failed to demonstrate circumstances that would render application of the rule burdensome, contrary to the public interest or without a reasonable alternative. “That they operate in areas of spectrum congestion does not warrant grant of a waiver,” stated the Order.  

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