Views on 900 MHz NOI

On October 2, EWA filed Joint Comments with pdvWireless (PDV) and individual comments on its own in response to the FCC Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on rules governing the 900 MHz band. The Joint Comments reaffirmed the recommendation that the FCC realign the band to create a Private Enterprise Broadband (PEBB) allocation in the upper 3/3 MHz while retaining the lower 2/2 megahertz for narrowband systems. The Joint Comments also proposed that in Major Trading Areas (MTAs) where more than 80 channels remain unassigned, which is approximately half the MTAs in the country, the FCC retain 10 site-based narrowband channels for future B/ILT use (just in case), but auction the rest of the 2/2 narrowband allocation, with a 1.5 MHz, a 250 kHz, and a 125-kHz wideband channel. All auctions would be overlay and the wideband spectrum would not be subject to mandatory relocation; incumbents moving only if they reached agreement with the winning bidder. 

EWA supported the above approach but in separate comments recommended that the overlay auctions be conducted by basic economic area (BEA), not MTA, since the latter cover more geography than most private enterprise (PE) users want or need. EWA also urged the FCC to be cautious in designating spectrum or adopting rules that had the effect of designating channels for use by a limited number of eligible PE entities, in particular CII. 

In other critical comments, the American Petroleum Institute (API) supported a 900 MHz broadband allocation, along with licensees such as United Parcel Service (UPS) and several CII entities. Several parties continued to express their concerns about a 900 Mhz realignment but suggested how the FCC should proceed with a band realignment if it elected to pursue that course of action. Reply Comments are due on November 1. 

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