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.

06/27/2019

A significant number of Comments were filed in early June in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to realign the 900 MHz band to create a 3/3 MHz broadband allocation for business enterprises while retaining a total of 4 MHz for narrowband operations, including those of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA).

06/27/2019

We knew they were working on this document, but the Government Accounting Office (GAO) finally issued its report entitled “Emergency Communications – Required Auction of Public Safety Spectrum Could Harm First Responder Capabilities.”

06/27/2019

The FCC has formed and is seeking nominations for a 15-member task force that will work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop policy recommendations to promote the rapid deployment of broadband Internet access to unserved agricultural land. Formally called the Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States, the group will consult with the Department of Agriculture and collaborate with public and private stakeholders in the agriculture and technology fields.

06/27/2019

Interfering with Public Safety Operations 

 

David Larsen of Highland Park, New Jersey has entered into a Consent Decree with the Enforcement Bureau of the FCC following his admission that he made unauthorized transmission on spectrum licensed to the Borough of Highland Park for public safety communications. Terms of the agreement include that Mr. Larsen:

06/27/2019

The FCC has received the necessary approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to prepare and process applications for 800 MHz interstitial frequencies. However, it is unclear whether the Universal Licensing System (ULS) has been modified to allow the filing of these applications. The FCC will issue a Public Notice (PN) announcing the OMB approval status, but it does not intend to immediately issue a PN regarding pre-coordination and filing dates.

 

06/27/2019

EWA expects that the FCC will soon issue a Public Notice announcing application filing dates and other administrative protocols regarding the availability of five Central Station Alarm channels that may be available in many locations in the United States. Frequency advisory committees are presently reviewing final coordination protocols. EWA is currently accepting applications for these channels and, will provide updates as information becomes available.

 

06/10/2019

St. Louis Radio Stations Face License Cancellation 

06/10/2019

Enterprise Wireless Alliance filed Comments on June 3, 2019, in response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Major points included in EWA’s comments were: 

06/10/2019

EWA’s Mark Crosby and Robin Cohen were invited to a seminar hosted by the North America TETRA Forum at Flint Hills Refinery, Inver Grove, Minnesota, to discuss current regulatory affairs that impact TETRA deployments. In addition, they discussed techniques for successfully acquiring licenses for TETRA systems.

 

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.