T-Band Application Freeze

Late last month, EWA officials met with Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) representatives on several matters, one of which included the Congressional directive from five years ago to remove incumbents, particularly public safety incumbents from the 470-512 MHz band following a formal auction event.  

We learned that a formal Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), necessary to respond to Congressional mandate, is not likely to be issued until next year. In the interim, given that there have been substantial negative effects on T-Band licensees whose system’s operational requirements have been technically handcuffed given the imposition of five-year old application freeze within the 11 metropolitan areas where T-Band utilization is a crucial spectrum resource, EWA intends to prepare a proposal that seeks reasonable amendments to the freeze prior to the end of this year. EWA will present its proposal to the Land Mobile Communications Council’s (LMCC) membership in early December for support.

The opportunity for success will be enhanced should EWA and the LMCC provide the FCC with specific examples of system modifications that are not permitted under the freeze and that are adversely affecting the operations of private carrier, business enterprise, and public safety users. If any readers have experienced instances of required system upgrades that have been prohibited under the application freeze, please submit such information to EWA’s attention. (PS 13-42) 

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