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.

07/02/2018

While not waving a white flag, on June 13, the Apple, Google et al coalition filed a document with the FCC entitled “A 6 GHz FS and FSS-Incumbent Protection Approach,” which proposes limitations on both indoor and outdoor Radio Local Area Network (RLAN) device use, defines exclusion zones for each fixed link through a regularly updated, automates frequency coordination function, and defines remediation rules should interference nonetheless occur.

07/02/2018

The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved the nomination of Geoffrey Starks, an FCC and Department of Justice veteran, to succeed Mignon Clyburn as FCC Commissioner. Starks currently serves as assistant chief of the FCC Enforcement Bureau. The nomination will now move to the full Senate where confirmation is expected.

 

07/02/2018

At its open meeting, set for July 12, the FCC will consider, among other topics, an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would make mid-band spectrum in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band available for expanded flexible use, FCC speak for broadband applications. 

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., Eastern, in the Commission Meeting Room (Room TW-C305) of the Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC. Open meetings are streamed live at www.fcc.gov/live.

07/02/2018
Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture
 
On May 30, the FCC proposed a penalty of $590,380 against Bear Down Brands, LLC, doing business as Pure Enrichment for marketing noncompliant radio frequency devices. Pure Enrichment marketed 14 models of consumer-grade electronic personal hygiene and wellness devices that lacked proper equipment authorization, user manual disclosures and/or FCC labels. Further, while it took corrective action, the company continued to market the devices after becoming aware of the apparent violation.
 
07/02/2018

On Friday, July 6, 2018, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) will file comments in response to the Sixth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), in which the Federal Communications Commission adopted proposes to maintain primary public-safety use of the spectrum while requesting comment on “alternatives to stimulate the expanded use of and investment in the band.” In the NPRM, the Commission specifically asks about expanding eligibility to entities, such as critical information infrastructure (CII), as well as about leasing, spectrum-sharing approaches, alternative uses, and coordi

07/02/2018

CTIA, on behalf of its major carrier members, is pressing hard for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) NOT to provide for any census tract Priority Access Licenses (PALs), but to auction seven 10-MHz PALs in the top 306 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and in counties outside those markets. In an attempt to justify this approach, CTIA claims that its proposals will keep the United States competitive in the international race for 5G supremacy, or at least equivalency.

06/15/2018

A decision from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the size and number of geographic areas in the 3.5 GHz band may be released soon. The IIot Coalition, comprised of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA), Edison Electric Institute, Utilities Technology Council, General Electric, pdvWireless, and others, unfortunately was unable to reach a compromise with CTIA and the Competitive Carriers Association regarding Priority Access Licenses (PALs).

06/15/2018

On June 1, EWA filed an ex parte letter in this proceeding cautioning the FCC that “theoretical sharing solutions must prove out in the real world before they are unleashed in bands such as 6 GHz that are heavily populated by systems with very limited interference tolerance.” It urged the FCC not to allow Spectrum-Access-System (SAS) management of unlicensed devices in the 6 GHz band until they have been tested in bands such as 3.5 GHz, or at least until experience has been gained with the much more mode

06/15/2018

This week, EWA notified thousands of wireless sales and service providers of the FCC’s Channel 14 (470-476 MHz) “repacking” effort, forthcoming notices from consultants, and, their rights and responsibilities. TV Channel 14 is adjacent to numerous UHF land mobile licensees operating in the 460-469 MHz portion of the band which gives concern to potential interference. Last year’s incentive auction held by the FCC required further “repacking” of TV stations and an additional 21 Channel 14 allocations have been made, including in markets such as Orlando and Seattle.

06/15/2018

Recently, the FCC has taken two separate actions against noncompliant equipment, signaling increased attention in this area. EWA hopes this focus will extend to the issue of noncompliant radio frequency devices, such as two-way radios, that the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) raised with the FCC Enforcement Bureau. The two recent actions were: