Is Anyone Listening?

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) along with a multitude of other like-minded organizations continue efforts to have the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) understand the importance of retaining some census tract-sized Priority Access Licenses (PALs) at 3.65 GHz. Last week representatives met with Abigail Slater, newly appointed Special Assistant to the President for Tech, Telecom, and Cyber Policy at the White House National Economic Council as well as with the staff of Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. Implementing a license assignment program that exclusively benefits national carriers at the expense of other entities, including business enterprises whose use of the 3.65 GHz band is no less crucial, but less demanding from a geographic coverage standpoint, deserves serious consideration by the FCC.  

In an ex parte letter in this same proceeding, James Crandall, Policy Analyst at the American Petroleum Institute stated clearly the importance of this issue.

“Events such as the California wildfires reinforce the lesson that cellular communication is predominantly a consumer grade undertaking, which often is either uneconomic or unreliable for large critical data users, or of insufficient quality to meet tightening needs of digital application and/or data throughput. Consequently, the experts have voiced strong concerns over a potential proposal for the top 316 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) which eliminates the economic viability of CBRS [Citizens Broadband Radio Service] priority access by private firms within those areas. This change may have been prompted by the Commission’s belief that smaller license areas within these populous areas, such as licensing by census tract, will somehow hurt the advent of 5G speeds by the major carriers or threaten the U.S. leadership position in broadband data.” 

EWA anticipates a decision from the FCC on this issue soon.  (GN 17-258)

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