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.

04/04/2019

Virtually every equipment manufacturer offers trunked radio systems and the various technologies may vary significantly. If a licensee is operating a trunked radio system in the UHF and VHF band, FCC licensing protocols require that the FCC authorization (or license) must list a license class code of YG for Business/Industrial or PW for a public safety system which signifies that the licensee is operating a trunked radio system. There are, however, no FCC rules requiring licensees to secure an exclusive-use (FB8) frequency pair(s) for use within a trunked radio system.

04/04/2019

On March 25, 2019, Smartcomm License Services, LLC filed a Voluntary Petition for chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona (Phoenix).

04/04/2019

In a recent meeting with the FCC to discuss spectrum management “progress made in the 3.5 GHz Citizen Broadband Radio Service," Federated Wireless, a Spectrum Administrator, also discussed the benefits that dynamic sharing could bring to the 4.9 GHz band, including potential protection of incumbents and reduced equipment costs.

04/04/2019

On February 22, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing a temporary freeze on applications for new or expanded Part 90 Radiolocation Service operations in the 3100-3550 MHz band. The freeze is in response to the Congressional directive that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the FCC consider alternative uses of this band. Of course, the alternative uses are spelled “broadband.”

04/04/2019

L and G Car Service of Patterson, New Jersey, recently received a “Notice of Violation” for operating on 154.8025 MHz, a frequency that is not authorized for use by any particular class of licensees. Of course, somebody knew better, perhaps the same radio shop that programmed channels within Barnstable High School’s radio system for which they were not eligible, as 154.8025 MHz is positioned dead between two adjacent channel public safety frequencies. The public safety licensees of course received interference and brought the matter to the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.

04/04/2019

As reported in an earlier edition of Insider, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on 900 MHz, which proposes to reconfigure the band to facilitate the use of wireless broadband by a variety of businesses while reserving spectrum for continued narrowband operations. 

Comments will be due 60 days after publication in the Federal Register and Reply Comments 30 days after that. The date of Federal Register publication is not yet known.

04/04/2019

EWA filed comments on April 1 in response to a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) issued by the Farm Service Agency, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (U

04/04/2019

In response to inquiries from members and customers, EWA recently sent an update on the status of 800 MHz Interstitial and Central Station Alarm channels that were made available through a Report & Order adopted in 2018. Highlights of the update include:

04/04/2019

The LMCC has submitted an ex parte letter to the FCC that included an updated Interference Contour Matrix (Matrix) based on F(50,10) curves adopted by the FCC in the Report and Order and Order (R&O). The Matrix provides derating factors based on proposed/incumbent emission designations to be applied when Frequency Advisory Committees (FACs) process applications for full-channel 25 kHz or adjacent channel 12.5 kHz “Interstitial” 800-MHz frequencies. 

04/04/2019

Shared vs. exclusive channels, emission designators, conditional licenses – What are all these requirements and why are they important to my customers? 

At the EDMSSA Spring Meeting this year, you will have an opportunity to learn all this and more! EWA is offering two mini-courses that will provide key FCC rule sections and factors that can be of value when determining the spectrum needs of your customers. Understanding the FCC rules and different spectrum bands can assist with sales and associated strategic discussions.