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.

02/08/2019

The Utility Broadband Alliance (UBBA) has formed to advance the development and adoption of dedicated private broadband networks for utilities. Founding members include pdvWireless, Southern Linc, Cisco Systems, Federated Wireless, General Electric, Motorola Solutions and other utilities and wireless service providers.

 

02/08/2019

The FCC has proposed penalty of $25,000 against Lexington Coal Company, LLC for the “willful and repeated violation of Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act), and Section 1.948 of the Commission’s rules (Rules)”. Lexington engaged in a substantial transfer of control of its stations from Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. in, 2017, without prior Commission consent, and did not report the transfer until four months after its conclusion.

02/08/2019

On January 31, the FCC Enforcement Bureau issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to Barnstable High School (“School”) for operating equipment on PLMR, Family Radio Service (FRS), and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) channels without licenses, without eligibility for GMRS and while using equipment not certified for FRS. The FCC ordered Barnstable to immediately discontinue and not resume operations and to respond to the FCC in 10 days.

02/08/2019
The FCC reopened on January 28, but it is not yet back to business as usual and the possibility remains that they could have to close shop again after February 15 because of another possible government shutdown. The Commission is processing its month-long backlog of applications and other filings; however, it is uncertain when the backlog will be cleared or what will be the processing time for these filings. Now, the FCC is focused on matters related to deadlines during the time that they know they will be open and preparing for the possibility of another shutdown.
 
02/08/2019

On February 4, 2019, the FCC published a compliance guide to help small businesses, organizations and governmental jurisdictions comply with FCC rules that have been revised as a result of the Report a

02/08/2019

The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) has suggested that the FCC begin accepting applications for 800 MHz Expansion and Guard Band channels on April 1, 2019, a date by which the LMCC anticipates that the 800 MHz frequency advisory committees will have finalized a process to avoid the filing of mutually exclusive applications.  Of course, now that the FCC schedule is under such a state of flux, there is no telling if the FCC will either accept the suggested date or select another.  (WP 15-32; FCC 18-143)

 

02/08/2019

EWA will continue to participate as a member of the IIoT Coalition to discuss strategies to address the shared spectrum approach that the FCC continues to adopt in multiple proceedings. The Coalition plans to work with the FCC, NTIA and other Federal agencies on a coordinated approach to this issue. In addition to EWA, the IIot Coalition is comprised of Edison Electric Institute, GE, pdvWireless, the Port of Los Angeles, Southern Linc, Pacific Union and the Utilities Technology Council.

 

01/15/2019

Filing deadlines that pass during the period of suspension, including January 3, will be extended automatically and due on the second day that operations resume. For example, if funding were restored on a Monday, the FCC would resume operations on Tuesday and filings would be due on Wednesday. The filing extension applies only to due dates that pass during the shutdown period. The FCC is not automatically extending any deadlines that fall after operations have resumed but will consider whether to do so on a case-by-case basis.

01/15/2019

In a Petition for Reconsideration filed December 27, the LMCC has requested that the FCC reconsider its decision to use an F(50,10) interference contour when coordinating adjacent 800 MHz channels separated by 12.5 kHz. The LMCC had proposed and developed a coordination matrix for a more spectrally efficient F(50,50) interference contour. In the R&O, the FCC published the original matrix while adopting the more conservative F(50,10) contour.

01/15/2019
While the FCC Report and Order and Order (R&O) updating Commission rules to provide new spectrum capacity and eliminate unnecessary restrictions in the Private Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) bands became effective on December 27, 2018, this spectrum will not be available until 2019. Regarding spectrum of most interest to members of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance, the status is as follows: