Crosby's Blog

The unvarnished words of EWA Chief Strategy Officer Mark Crosby.  

  • 05/05/2022

    In this week’s Insider, the lead story was entitled “New Filing Fees - One Complicated Surprise,” which explained to members why license renewals can prove to be more complicated than before.

  • 03/11/2022

    One would hope that the FCC, when making the difficult determination on how best to launch 4.9 GHz in the future, will rely on facts, but not unsubstantiated facts. Maybe I’m missing something. I’m sorry.

  • 03/01/2022

    Does it make sense to anyone that T-Band incumbents who wish to modify their systems must first ensure that they protect a TV station’s analog service area when all TV stations are digital? It makes absolutely no sense at all! That’s why the National Wireless Communications Council (NWCC) filed its petition to update the FCC’s rules so that they would represent the real world.

  • 12/20/2021

    Noting that the T-Band incumbent only filing window of December 19 was fast approaching without resolution of a host of issues affecting frequency coordination, licensing requirements and rule interpretations, the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) filed a request to extend the filing window until next June.

  • 10/29/2021

    I don’t take it back. I had previously announced that a practicable solution was in fact identified to resolve the dilemma of T-Band applicants having to protect non-operational TV stations and stations transmitting on channels not even close to T-Band spectrum in the coordination process. No licensee rights were trampled. Time and money would be saved.

  • 09/09/2021

    The land of make believe is alive and well at Federal Licensing, Inc., whose “Publication Division” persists in sending letters to new licensees advising that they are required to have in their possession a copy of the FCC rules.  The communication is full of misstatements and threats of financial penalties if the licensee fails to heed the dire warning.

  • 06/29/2021

    Nine years ago, the FCC froze the T-Band, shut down most application processing, and walked away pending further instructions.  They froze the band as a result of the Congressional T-Band Mandate that was supposed to support a successful auction at some future date.  Despite EWA’s best efforts, incumbents took it on the chin as they could modify their systems in only the most limited of ways. 

  • 06/08/2021

    by F. H. "Rick" Smith

    Note: Mr. Smith, recently retired from Chevron, is an honorary member of the EWA Board of Directors and is a past Board Chairman.

     

  • 03/03/2021

    They are at it again, or perhaps they never stopped, but Federal Licensing, Inc.’s Publication Division is  warning licensees that a “financial penalty (fine)” may be assessed by the FCC if radio systems are not operated in accordance with the FCC’s rules.

  • 11/24/2020

    The T-Band Mandate hit the proverbial ice burg at launch. The deal to trade 6 to 18 MHz of 470-512 MHz spectrum, the amount dependent upon which of the eleven urban areas one is reviewing, in exchange for 10 MHz of spectrum available nationwide, plus billions of dollars to develop a national interoperable public safety network (now FirstNet) was doomed.

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