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.

08/15/2019

In a meeting scheduled for August 22 with the FCC, EWA will discuss several important member issues including the status of T-Band license renewals, to what extent T-Band license modifications will be processed in the future if at all, and the need to increase communications between the FCC and its certified frequency advisory committees so that licensees may be alerted to changing licensing policies.

08/15/2019

Following up on a letter filed with the FCC, the seven B/ILT certified frequency advisory committees (FACs) met with WTB staff seeking confirmation of certain rules and policies governing access to exclusive use channels in the VHF and UHF bands.  Meeting results were mixed, with the FCC permiting the use of Longley-Rice propagation contours to determine system overlaps and, confirming that MO channel designations paired with an FB8 channel designation are to be protected as if they were an MO8.

08/15/2019

On July 31, frequency coordinators, including EWA, submitted applications for central station alarm (CSA) channels to The Monitoring Association (TMA) for concurrence. TMA will complete concurrence reviews by August 20. Prior to the July 31 submission date, an entity claiming CSA eligibility, filed a number of applications for CSA channels which TMA was required to process. However, TMA’s processing of the applications included an exhibit in which it questioned the applicant’s eligibility as a central station organization, the resolution of which rests entirely with the FCC.

08/15/2019

In a letter dated August 7, APCO International reiterated concerns with the FCC proposal to introduce unlicensed operations into the 6 GHz band and stated that technical solutions for mitigating potential interference remain unconvincing.

08/15/2019

Are you a radio technician looking for training that can help enhance your value and the contributions you can make to your company? 

No matter your level of experience, the two-day courses being offered by EWA this October can give you a competitive edge by preparing you to take the ETA certification exams. In just two days, you can get the necessary instruction and complete the proctored certification exam onsite. Courses available are:

 

08/15/2019

On August 12, the FCC launched a new Fraud Division within the Enforcement Bureau in order to combat fraud, especially that related to the misuse of the Universal Service Fund. 

 

08/15/2019

On August 8, the FCC announced a proposal from Chairman Ajit Pai that would maintain the FCC’s existing radiofrequency (RF) exposure limits. The proposal would also establish a uniform set of guidelines for ensuring compliance with the limits regardless of the service or technology. Further, Pai proposes that the FCC seek formal comment on establishing rules that formalize its current methods of determining compliance with the RF exposure standard for high-frequency devices.

 

08/15/2019

New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations require landowners to mark all towers on their properties that are between 50 and 200 feet and to add the towers to a new database that the FAA is developing. The new requirements are the result of provisions in the FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016 and the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. Under the provisions in these laws, meteorological evaluation towers (METs) meeting the requirements stipulated in the bills must be both marked and logged in to the FAA database.

08/15/2019

On August 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled to affirm in part and vacate in part the FCC’s March 2018 Infrastructure Order, which pares back regulations to spur deployment of 5G. With challenges to the Order by three groups of petitioners, the D.C. Circuit examined: 

08/15/2019

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) approved the merger of Sprint Corporation and T-Mobile US Inc., after agreeing to sell a host of 800 MHz assets to DISH. However, thirteen states and the District of Columbia filed an antitrust lawsuit before DOJ gave its approval. The group seem to be moving forward with the lawsuit, which may be more complicated following DOJ approval.