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.

06/03/2019

The Monitoring Association (TMA) has delivered the LMCC-approved amended Consensus Protocol for coordinating central station frequencies to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where it is under review. The FCC has received Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the revised rule section requiring TMA concurrence as part of the coordination process for these frequencies. When the FCC approves the new Protocol, it will issue a Public Notice announcing filing procedures for this spectrum.

06/03/2019

While a group of oil producers and related companies led by Chevron have urged the FCC not to allow unlicensed 6 GHz operations in the Gulf of Mexico, US Cellular, the largest wireless operator after the big four, has endorsed the AT&T/Verizon/Comsearch proposed approach for protecting 6 GHz microwave systems from unlicensed use. (ET 18-295/FCC 18-147)

 

06/03/2019
Recently proposed annual regulatory fees for 2019 are unchanged:
 
  • PLMRS (exclusive use) - $25; 
  • PLMRS (shared use) - $10; 
  • Microwave - $25; and 
  • CMRS Messaging Services - $.08/unit.
06/03/2019

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has reported that Rep. Walden’s staff (the same office that insisted on extracting Public Safety (PS) T-Band in exchange for FirstNet spectrum) has circulated a discussion draft of legislation entitled “Secure T-Band Allocation and No Diversion Act of 2019.” The legislation would grant a three-year reprieve before T-Band would need to be reallocated and auctioned but not for States or political subdivisions that are diverting 9-1-1 fees for other purposes.

06/03/2019

New Golf Carts May Have to Wait 
Constellation Club Parent, Inc. is yet another company that isn’t in the communications business and failed to realize that it needed prior FCC approval to take a controlling interest in an FCC licensee. That unauthorized transfer of 108 wireless licenses used at golf courses and country clubs will cost them $24,975 according to the Consent Decree released on May 15 (File No.: EB-IHD-19-00028425) 

05/20/2019

The Rose Tree Fire Company No. 1 probably would not have had to wait five years for a waiver of the T-Band freeze to increase its antenna height from 19 to 47 meters if it had asked the FCC for a status update at some earlier point. The waiver was granted without issue, as it should have been, although the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau did condition it on capping the licensee’s future relocation expense reimbursement at the cost it would have incurred for replicating its pre-modification coverage.

05/20/2019

By Public Notice (PN) released April 25, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced dates and procedures for submitting applications in the 800 MHz band for Expansion Band and Guard Band (800 MHz EB/GB) channels and “Sprint-vacated” spectrum in three National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) regions.

05/20/2019
The Frequency Advisory Committees eligible to coordinate the 800 MHz spectrum have signed an updated Memorandum of Agreement that:
  • Changed the date on which pre-coordination will begin to May 16; 
  • Limits the number of channels requested per application to five;
  • Establishes the order of applications through a date and time stamp; and
  • Defines a review process, which will take place from May 17 to July 18, to identify and resolve instances of mutual exclusivity. 
05/20/2019

On April 22, AT&T, Verizon, and Comsearch filed a joint proposal for authorized unlicensed use in this band while “requiring rigorous technical analyses and adopting robust protections for licensed incumbent operations.” That proposal now has been endorsed by the Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition, one of the more adamant opponents of unlicensed use. Others continue to caution the FCC about potential interference, but it seems highly likely that the FCC will proceed with its proposal.

05/20/2019

On April 29, the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Office of Engineering and Technology announced the approval of Environmental Sensing Capabilities (ESCs) of several companies including Federated Wireless and Google. ESCs are intended to detect the presence of federal radar transmissions in the 3550-3650 MHz portion of the band and convey that information to SASs to prevent interference to radar operations. The SAS portion of the protection process is still a work in progress, the FCC will be ready to auction PAL licenses in 2020. (GN 15-319; DA 19-352)