Enterprise Wireless Insider

Sent to members only, the Enterprise Wireless Insider delivers the latest about EWA's regulatory and advocacy efforts and wireless industry news. Read the Insider to know what's happening at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill that could affect your business. See below for the most recent articles.

06/04/2020

The 6 GHz Report and Order (R&O) was published in the Federal Register on May 26 and the rules will become effective on July 27, 2020. APCO has filed a Petition for Stay (Stay) and a Petition for Reconsideration, arguing that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has failed in its obligation to protect public safety communications. The potential that the Stay request will be granted is a high hurdle as that would necessitate the Commission to conclude that APCO will prevail on the merits of its reconsideration request.

06/04/2020

Now that the FCC has adopted rules creating broadband and narrowband segments of the 900 MHz band,  EWA and Anterix are working with the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) on licensing issues and related modifications to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) in preparation for voluntary incumbent transitions.

 

06/04/2020

With the auction of seven 10-MHz Priority Access Licenses (PALs) scheduled to begin on July 23, many following this auction are now awaiting the release of the FCC’s Public Notice that will identify the applications accepted for filing and those requiring amendment before auction participation. 

 

06/04/2020
  • The FCC will be issuing a NPRM covering the processes by which T-Band will be taken away from public safety and business enterprises. Maybe legislation that terminates the reallocation mandate and saves incumbents from this potential spectrum disaster will be enacted to save the day.
  • A few of the 800 MHz Sprint-vacated spectrum release dates remain kittywampus that unnecessarily removes critical spectrum from otherwise eligible business enterprises. The FCC is aware of the duplicate release dates for the same channels and said a while back they would fix it.
06/01/2020

On May 11, the FCC adopted an Order on Reconsideration that sets the stage for licensing of the 318 new 800 MHz interstitial channels, spectrum originally requested by EWA in a 2009 Petition for Rulemaking. As expected, the FCC rejected the LMCC request to use an F(50,50) curve as the interference contour when coordinating these channels, rather than an F(50,10) curve.

06/01/2020

On May 13, the FCC voted unanimously to adopt a Report and Order in this proceeding. The few substantive changes from the draft Order released in April clarified aspects of the eligibility requirement for a broadband applicant. The FCC also confirmed that the freeze relaxation in the R&O did not supersede its earlier action relaxing the freeze for channels swaps that do not involve an expansion of the channel contour.

06/01/2020

The FCC has adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking authorizing standard-power and indoor low-power unlicensed operations in the 6 GHz band which will become effective on July 27. In a communication sent last week, EWA reminded its members that the license data as recorded in the ULS will be the data source for interference protection from the automated frequency coordination (AFC) systems that determine frequency availability.

06/01/2020

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the FCC has advised EWA that the FCC will not provide a further extension of build-out deadlines for site-based and mobile-only wireless systems with construction dates after May 15. Licensees that will not be able to meet their deadlines must file for waiver relief individually, consistent with the FCC’s standard waiver requirements. Affected licensees were most appreciative of the FCC’s original extension.

06/01/2020

Some sources not from within the FCC, have posited the notion that the auction of priority access licenses (PALs) in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) may be delayed if the capital markets are reticent to fund auction opportunities during the nation’s present  economic issues. This has some credence given that successful, revenue generating auctions are just as important as making additional spectrum available for broadband applications. At present, the auction is set to begin on July 23.

06/01/2020

Coronavirus-related economic relief legislation that has passed the House and is now pending in the Senate includes provisions for repealing the T-Band auction mandate. Whether any of this legislation will become law and whether the T-Band provisions will survive is unknown.  It hasn’t as yet!