EWA Affirms 800 MHz Incumbent Preference

December 23, 2016

Yesterday, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) endorsed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) effort to promote expanded access to Private Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) spectrum and urged the FCC to adopt Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) recommendations regarding priority access to the 800 MHz Expansion Band (EB) and Guard Band (GB) spectrum. These Comments were filed in response to WP Docket No. 16-261. 

EWA also used this opportunity to respond to comments filed by M2M Spectrum Networks, LLC (M2M) which opposes incumbent licensee priority access claiming that the best use of the band would be the Internet of Things (IoT). EWA also questioned the dubious claims of several entities with apparent ties to M2M who submitted individual letters also opposing any incumbent priority access. How many of these entities purchased costly EB/GB application packages from companies affiliated with M2M, whether SNG Networks Group, LLC (SNG) or Smartcomm, LLC, or others, is unknown, EWA stated, but EWA suggested that the FCC seek answers to certain questions about M2M’s purported activities in the 800 MHz band. Specifically, M2M stated that it is operating its own network, using 800 MHz and other frequencies. What frequencies are being used under what call signs and how are these multiple bands integrated? Why does M2M need 800 MHz spectrum that is designated for base/mobile, primary voice operation for what appears to be its proposed non-voice, primarily fixed IoT applications? Several of the affiliated M2M entities claimed that they are using M2M’s network. What 800 MHz equipment are M2M’s customers using as EWA has not been able to locate any FCC-certified 800 MHz IoT equipment.

EWA closed by urging the Commission to proceed promptly in adopting the positions recommended by EWA and the LMCC.


About EWA

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance is the leading national trade association and advocate for business enterprises, private carrier operators, equipment manufacturers, and service providers that support the private wireless industry. A frequency advisory committee certified by the Federal Communications Commission, EWA provides its members and clients with consulting services, frequency coordination, license preparation, spectrum management and associated business intelligence services. EWA is the market leader in Business/Industrial Land Transportation frequency coordination services and assists a significant percentage of public safety customers with their spectrum requirements. Learn more at www.enterprisewireless.org.