EWA Counters APCO’s Opposition

On April 2, 2018, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) responded to opposition from the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) to a waiver request from Flint Hills Resources to use UHF Public-Safety (PS) spectrum for its new TETRA system. EWA disagreed with APCO’s position that the request to use three channels at a single site covering an 8 by 10-kilometer area within the Company’s oil refinery with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 5 watts and a highly directional, down-tilt antenna “would set a dangerous precedent.” EWA also said it could hardly imagine a more narrowly drawn waiver request, one less likely to have an impact on future PS operations in an area. It also disagreed with APCO’s claim that licensees are obligated to ensure that they have all the frequencies they need – without resorting to waivers – before making their equipment choice, a standard that is not met by PS entities that seek waivers to use Industrial/Business spectrum, requests typically coordinated by APCO. (File No. 0008061316)

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