Crosby's Blog

The unvarnished words of EWA Chief Strategy Officer Mark Crosby.  

  • 01/13/2023

    Always looking for an excuse to bamboozle unsuspecting FCC licensees, the folks located down the street from the FCC in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania have again cranked up the tired warning from their “Publication Division” that it is crucial that licensees have in their possession a copy of the FCC’s rules governing Part 90 operations.

  • 08/30/2022

    The 4.9 GHz band is a critical resource for the public safety community, and it should be as well for others who contribute significantly to the public welfare. Under what historic eligibility designations entities may or may not be provided access to the band are necessary discussions but are best left for another day.

  • 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.