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.

09/07/2018

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) along with a multitude of other like-minded organizations continue efforts to have the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) understand the importance of retaining some census tract-sized Priority Access Licenses (PALs) at 3.65 GHz. Last week representatives met with Abigail Slater, newly appointed Special Assistant to the President for Tech, Telecom, and Cyber Policy at the White House National Economic Council as well as with the staff of Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.

09/07/2018

On August 30, 2018, EWA met with staff of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) to discuss various pending matters as well as the possibility of a “buffet auction” of spectrum being held in FCC inventory, such as the remaining Part 22 “paging” channels, Automated Maritime Telecommunications System (AMTS), Interactive Video and Data Service (IVDS), and similar small-sized licenses.

09/07/2018

In July, the FCC announced its 2018 filing and regulatory fee schedule for fiscal year 2018, which largely remain the same for the types of applications typically filed by EWA members. These new fees became effective on Tuesday, September 4. The Part 90 waiver fee has increased from $200 to $210 and Part 22 Paging applications have increased from $435 to $450.  

09/07/2018

Another Mega-Fine for Unauthorized Transfer of Control  

On August 28, the FCC announced that it had entered into a Consent Decree with Marriot International, Inc. that involves a $504,000 settlement amount. Marriott failed to get prior approval from the FCC before taking control of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide LLC. The violation, which was reported to the FCC voluntarily, involved 63 separate licensee entities and 65 licenses.  It’s possible the fact that Marriott had more than $22B in 2017 reported revenues may have affected the size of the fine. (DA 18-843)

08/22/2018

All comments and replies in this proceeding have now been filed and it is left to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to determine. While APCO continues to press its argument that Public Safety (PS) is making good use of this band and that utilization will grow if PS entities are permitted to create region-specific band plans. In its opinion, if PS must share the band, the FCC should permit only critical infrastructure industry (CII) use that supports essential public safety activities.

08/22/2018

Dissent in this proceeding continues with large service providers and those who represent them (CTIA, AT&T, and T-Mobile) submitting ex parte filings arguing against census tract-sized priority access licenses (PALs) while smaller entities such as local wireless Internet service providers (WISPS) argue in favor of them. EWA anticipates an FCC decision soon. (GN 17-258)

 

08/22/2018

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he will take action this fall to permit greater utilization of the 6 GHz band. Expect interested parties to continue to file technical arguments in support of their positions in coming months. The Apple, Google et al contingent claimed to debunk the interference potential concerns raised by Sirius, which operates in an adjacent band, and the Wi-Fi Alliance argues that harmonization with U-NII-3 rules, including appropriate mitigation techniques, would protect incumbent 6 GHz operations. (GN 17-183) (GN 18-122).

 

08/22/2018

As part of its effort to promote 5G build-out in what is viewed as an international race for primacy, the FCC has taken an aggressive posture in support of wireless carriers and site operators and against municipalities that, in the FCC’s opinion, adopt licensing and other regulatory requirements that impede small cell 5G deployment. On August 2, for example, the FCC adopted new “pole attachment” rules that may trigger opposition from utilities.

08/22/2018

On August 14, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) issued another series of rulings addressing construction extension requests and renewal showings submitted, first by companies controlled by Warren Havens, and then by the receiver appointed to manage his spectrum assets. The FCC denied requests from Skybridge Spectrum Foundation for additional time to build-out 352 Multiple Address Systems (MAS) licenses and 16 Automated Maritime Telecommunications System (AMTS) licenses. As typical when Mr. Havens is involved, there were some added twists to the FCC actions.

08/22/2018
Horizon Lobby To Pay $35K for Noncompliant Marketing of Drones
 
Horizon Lobby admits that it marketed audio/video transmitters that did not comply with FCC equipment marketing rules. These A/V transmitters were intended for use with drones that did not and could operate in bands reserved for important operations, such as Federal Aviation Administration Terminal Doppler Weather Radar. According to an Order released August 16, Horizon Lobby will pay a $35,000 civil penalty.
 
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