Opposition Shifting on PEBB

On November 1, 2017, the Enterprise Wireless (EWA) and pdvWireless (PDV) filed Joint Reply Comments that emphasized that the Private Enterprise Broadband (PEBB) proposal to reallocate the 900 MHz band was based on optionality. In the proposal, licensees with only narrowband requirements could continue operating in that mode while those with broadband needs would have an opportunity for a build-to-suit broadband service on cost-efficient spectrum below 1 GHz. 

Parties opposing the proposal offered no new technical analyses. In response to opposition, the EWA/PDV filing explained how potential broadband interference would be contained; why Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policies do not and should not guarantee users a perpetual right to a low noise floor that is the product of underutilized spectrum; why consolidated narrowband operations in a 2/2 MHz allocation is entirely consistent with current 900 MHz rules; and how opponents had mischaracterized the interference potential of fixed versus mobile broadband uses. The EWA/PDV Reply Comments noted that previous realignments of the most complex, mission-critical private land mobile radio (PLMR) systems had been accomplished successfully and without unscheduled downtime. Building on Comments filed by various parties, EWA/PDV described a path forward that responded to the concerns expressed and noted that band realignment would advance a number of FCC policy objectives, including an appropriately robust utilization of spectrum. 

While some entities continue to oppose the PEBB proposal, absent technical data to support their objections, an increasing number of supporting comments have been filed, including from entities such as Eversource, a utility that previously had rejected the proposal but that now favors a broadband option, and Martin Marietta.  (WT 17-200)

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