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.

12/06/2019

As reported in a previous issue of Insider, some T-Band licensees in Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York have experienced ongoing issues with interference from television broadcasts on TV CH16. Although affected Business/Industrial Land Transportation licensees in Dallas and their representatives had a call with staff from FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and Enforcement Bureau, no progress has been made on this issue. WTB has asked whether affected T-Band licensees could relocate.

12/06/2019

On November 26, WTB and Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) jointly announced the approval and registration of additional or updated Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) sensor deployment and coverage plans for CommScope, Federated Wireless and Google, all of which are approved ESC operators.

12/06/2019

During a recent membership meeting, the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) resolved to pursue several issues relating to the 800 MHz band. 

12/06/2019

The LMCC has agreed to file a Petition for Rulemaking seeking rule clarification with respect to mobile-only system protection requirements and the application of the “safe harbor” tables. Specifically, to promote spectrum efficiency, the Petition will seek rule changes that would designate areas of operation beyond 80 km for mobile only systems as secondary operations. The Petition will also seek a more reasoned approach when the FCC enforces the application of the safe harbor table.

12/06/2019

In the B/ILT licensing sector, the level of applications returned by the FCC has reached a seemingly epic level which contributes to applicant frustrations, productivity costs for both the FCC and their certified frequency advisory committees, and meaningful delays in issuing licenses that encumber access to valuable spectrum.

12/06/2019

While EWA filed Comments generally supporting all moves toward further electronic FCC filing requirements, including a requirement that all parties using ULS provide an email address to be used for correspondence with the FCC, during the recent LMCC meeting, EWA expressed a willingness to consider an “opt-in” approach that would allow licensees to affirmatively request receipt of certain correspondence by mail. (WT 19-212; 19-87)

 

12/06/2019

On November 27, the telecom community received the not unanticipated, but dreaded, news that Julie Knapp, the long-time Chief of OET is retiring effective January 3, 2020. Chief Knapp has been with the FCC for 45 years and has been the head of OET for the last 13 years. He has served during multiple administrations and during multiple periods of tumultuous changes in the telecom industry. He has overseen the introduction of virtually every technology change in recent years, including WiFi, 4G, and 5G. No FCC employee is more highly respected or better-liked.

12/06/2019

In an ex parte filed with the FCC in early November, Anterix provided an update on the status of five experimental applications of private LTE networks using 900 MHz. In addition to testing the technical capabilities of private LTE and use cases, evaluating the potential for interference has been a focus of at least two of the tests. For example, Southern Linc successfully migrated “its operations from narrowband iDEN technology to a 3/3-megahertz LTE channel, an undertaking that required it to run both technologies simultaneously for some period, ... without experiencing interference.”

12/06/2019

In a Public Notice released December 2, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it “will accept but not grant, applications to renew Part 22 and Part 90 licenses for operation in the 470-512 MHz band (T-Band).” The Commission advises that licensees that have filed and will file in the future complete applications for renewal of a license “may continue to operate using their licensed facilities past the license expiration date while the suspension [of renewals] is in effect.”

12/06/2019

In response to Chairman Pai’s call to repeal the T-Band auction mandate, Representative Greg Walden (R-OR-2), who was one of the principal authors of the legislation that culminated in repurposing T-Band, tied a resolution to the mandate to diversion of 911 fees.