800 MHz Spectrum Opportunities

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Report and Order and Order (R&O) updating Commission rules to provide new spectrum capacity and eliminate unnecessary restrictions in the Private Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) bands, while reducing administrative burdens on applicants and licensees will become effective on December 27, 2018. On Monday, December 3, The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) sent an industry alert providing an update on spectrum availability and application procedures for 800 MHz Expansion and Guard Band channels.

EWA will conduct an informational webinar on Tuesday, December 18 at 2 p.m., Eastern, that will summarize the FCC decision to make available 800 MHz EB/GB channels, cover in greater detail EWA’s processing protocols and address other spectrum opportunities.

It is anticipated that the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) will be filing a Petition for Reconsideration regarding the FCC’s decisions associated with the adoption of an adjacent channel interference mitigation matrix based on 50/10 interference contours, in lieu of the LMCC’s recommendation to rely on 50/50 contours for forthcoming Interstitial channels. The whole purpose of the matrix seems to have been lost in translation over the years, as it was intended primarily to promote spectrum efficiency and need not be applied when a higher level of analysis may not be required. 

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