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.

06/01/2020

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!

06/01/2020

On May 15, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai released a statement announcing that he has put a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on circulation in light of the statutory directive to auction Public Safety (PS) spectrum in this band. Consistent with his earlier plea to Congress, the Chairman stated:

06/01/2020

EWA is compiling data about interference to T-Band systems and to certain UHF stations resulting from repacked television stations that now are operating on TV channels 14 – 20. FCC rules clearly state that TV CH 14 stations are responsible for protecting adjacent UHF Part 90 systems, a situation where aggressive filtering has proven effective in certain markets. T-Band systems are supposed to be protected from co-channel TV stations by a defined mileage separation, but that distance has not been sufficient in several markets.

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.

05/08/2020

On April 23, the FCC adopted its Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking permitting unlicensed operations in the 6 GHz band. The FCC summarized its decision as follows:

 

05/08/2020

On April 29, the FCC released a Public Notice (PN) announcing they now may accept electronic filings for Special Temporary Authority applications in certain market-based services; sublease applications; and, multi-step transactions. These applications continue to not be accepted in the ULS, but the PN provides detailed filing instructions to alleviate the manual burden the industry has experienced for years.