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.

03/09/2018

Noting that less than 4% of the potential public safety industry is making use of this 50 MHz of spectrum, the FCC released a draft Sixth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in this proceeding, with a vote on the final document anticipated at its March 22 meeting.

03/09/2018

Also on the FCC’s plate during its March meeting is a Second R&O and Second FNPRM in the signal booster proceeding. The draft document states that the FCC intends to eliminate the confusing “personal use” restriction on Provider-Specific Consumer Signal Boosters and thereby “enable a small business to use [such a booster] to improve signal strength within its office.”  Hats off to EWA member the United Parcel Service (UPS) for advocating for that change.

03/09/2018

At its March 22 meeting, the FCC intends to consider a plan to streamline the review process for wireless infrastructure. The Second Report and Order (R&) proposes to modify current rules to state that deployment of small wireless facilities by private parties are not federal undertakings that trigger National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, although they will remain subject to state and local governmental requirements.

03/09/2018
The FCC Enforcement Bureau issued Notices of Unlicensed Operation to:
  • Department of Public Works, Glen Cove, New York, for operation of an unauthorized Land Mobile Radio Service Station, operating on 450.500 MHz;  
  • Eric Evans of Yuma, Arizona for operating an FM station at his residence; and 
  • Arthur Ware of Des Moines, Washington for operating an FM station at his business.
03/09/2018

A large contingent of representatives from the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) met with the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau (EB) Rosemary Harold and her key staff this past week to discuss concerns associated with products being sold, largely over the Internet, for use on Part 90 spectrum by Business/Industrial and public safety entities that are not certified for Part 90 use, do not meet Part 90 technical requirements, permit operators to use channels for which they are not eligible, and allow for front panel programming of frequencies.

03/09/2018

On February 27, two New York Representatives and members of the House Homeland Security Communications Subcommittee introduced H.R. 5085 (“Don’t Break Up the T-Band Act”). The legislation calls for the repeal of section 6103 of the Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 that requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reallocate and auction public safety T-Band spectrum. A repeal of this specific section would remove the mandate to auction the spectrum and relocate Public Safety (PS) incumbents.

02/22/2018

EWA representatives met with legal advisors from Chairman Pai’s office to discuss the spectrum benefits and the importance of releasing 319 full power, interstitial 12.5 kHz “offset” channels in the 800 MHz Mid-Band. Along with discussing the spectrum attributes that would accrue to all sectors of the private wireless community, EWA noted that this item has been pending at the FCC for nearly eight years. (WP 15-32)

02/22/2018

In response to a meeting request from the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC), Rosemary Harold, Chief, Enforcement Bureau and other FCC bureau representatives will be meeting with LMCC members on March 1 to discuss and identify potential solutions related to products being sold, largely over the internet, for use on Part 90 spectrum that are not certified for Part 90 use, are not licensed, and are deployed on channels for which users are not eligible. 

02/22/2018

FCC staff has recommended that EWA supplement the record regarding its Request for Clarification concerned with the issue of whether non-interconnected Specialized Mobile Radio service operators are properly classified — as telecommunications carriers and/or common carriers. (WT 16-240; WC 27-108)

02/22/2018

Earlier this year, EWA filed Comments generally supporting the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council (TAC) spectrum policy recommendations that addressed prospective interference realities, responsibilities of radio services, and necessary regulatory requirements. Some parties supported parts of the recommendations, although with caveats about how, where, and when they should be implemented.  A small number of Reply Comments submitted on February 15, primarily by entities with operations such as flight testing, stated that “they cannot tolerate any interference”!