Arguments for 800 MHz Waiver Fall Short

07/10/2017

In an ex parte filing late last week with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) again stated that neither the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA) nor the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO) submitted sufficient justification that would warrant granting WCCCA’s waiver request to use Industrial/Business (I/B) 800 MHz channels in lieu of utilizing spectrum readily available for public safety use.

EWA stated that WCCCA had failed to explain why it needed six, rather than four, additional frequencies for testing purposes and to familiarize its team with the new P25 system.  EWA also repeated its recommendation that the County replace the two I/B channels with two General Category (GC) channels. Since either approach would require an FCC waiver, EWA suggested that the FCC determine which would better serve the public interest, assuming waiver relief was appropriate.  EWA’s filing included a technical analysis prepared by Lockard & White responding to the WCCCA argument that the GC channels would result in an unacceptable coverage loss because of combiner issues.  

About EWA

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance is the leading national association for business enterprise wireless users and the manufacturers, resellers and communication sales and service providers that serve the land mobile radio industry. An FCC-certified frequency advisory committee, EWA provides consulting services, frequency coordination, license preparation, spectrum management and associated services to the business/industrial and public safety communities. Membership in EWA is open to users of wireless communications systems, vendors, system operators and service organizations. EWA is the creator of Cevo®, a powerful frequency coordination portal, which simplifies the FCC license application process and allows users to select their own frequencies. Additional information about membership and services is available at www.enterprisewireless.org.