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.

01/16/2018

EWA will be preparing a letter for review by the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) membership that will be sent to the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau (EB) requesting that the Commission respond to the growing number of products imported from Asia that are sold largely over the internet, for use on Part 90 spectrum that are not certified for Part 90 use, do not meet Part 90 technical requirements, and permit front-panel programming of frequencies.

01/16/2018

On December 14, 2017, the FCC approved a Report and Order described as an effort to eliminate unnecessary rules and streamline paperwork requirements by removing the presumption that certain wireless bands are used to provide Commercial Mobile Radio Services (CMRS) offerings.  Instead, licensees will identify the nature and regulatory treatment of their mobile services as common carrier, non-common carrier, and/or private internal, based on how they use their spectrum. The selection must reflect the current CMRS and Private Mobile Radio Services (PMRS) definitions.

01/16/2018

On December 14, 2017, the FCC released a Public Notice (PN) requesting comments on its proposal to exempt from routine historic preservation review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, towers that began construction between March 16, 2001 and March 7, 2005 (Twilight Towers). It would not take any enforcement action based on the “good faith deployment” of a Twilight Tower even if it failed to consider historic preservation issues. 

01/16/2018

During its December meeting, the LMCC voted not to withdraw its Petition regarding incumbent access to 800 MHz spectrum in the Expansion Band and Guard Band, in response to a recommendation that it do so. The proposal is still awaiting FCC action; however, the membership did agree to seek further information from the FCC regarding the status of this matter. EWA and other LMCC members are in favor of providing incumbent 800 MHz licensees initial priority access, while WIA continues to oppose early access for incumbents. (WP 16-261). 

 

01/16/2018

During the LMCC meeting, Aviation Spectrum Resources, Inc. (ASRI) raised concerns about the potential impact of The Monitoring Association’s proposed rule changes to allow increased access to certain central station channels by non-central station entities. ASRI members use adjacent spectrum that may be affected. The organizations have agreed to investigate and resolve any potential adjacent channel issues. (WP Docket 16-261) 

01/16/2018

Organizations such as NPSTC, the American Association of Railroads, the Utilities Technology Council, and the Fixed Wireless Coalition; state and local government users; and companies such as AT&T and US Cellular have urged the FCC not to include the 6 GHz band as spectrum available for unlicensed wireless broadband use, including shared federal and non-federal use.

01/16/2018

At its December 2017 meeting, LMCC members discussed at length concerns about FCC/US support for the World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee (WRC-19) recommendation regarding Resolution No. 766, which proposes to allow various space agencies to use the 460-470 MHz band on a co-primary basis for weather satellite communications. The LMCC will monitor this issue and, as necessary, oppose any action advancing this proposal.

01/16/2018

On January 5, 2018, the FCC Consumers & Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) adopted an Order in which they terminated multiple, older proceedings, some of which were initiated in the mid-1990s.

01/16/2018

On January 4, the EB issued an Order of Revocation to Acumen Communications, revoking all currently held licenses and dismissing pending applications. The EB found that Acumen had misrepresented its qualifications by not disclosing that its principal had a 1992 felony conviction for sale of a controlled substance. Acumen was given several opportunities by the FCC to respond to inquiries, but failed to do so on multiple occasions. Based on precedent, it is likely that the FCC would have granted the applications had the felony been disclosed.  (DA 18-5)

01/16/2018

In comments filed December 28, 2017, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “not to over-correct … the novel regulatory structure adopted for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).” Specifically, “the FCC should resist efforts to convert it into a band in which only the major nationwide carriers will be likely to secure opportunities.” For this purpose, EWA recommended that the FCC retain census tracts as the Priority Access License (PAL) geographic areas to be auctioned to create greater opportunities for smaller parties and supported