EWA Opposes Proposal from Southern California Edison Seeking CII-Priority Access at 900 MHz


December 16, 2019 (Herndon, VA) – In an ex parte letter filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) opposed a recent request filed by Southern California Edison (SCE) that would provide critical infrastructure industry (CII) priority with access for one year to 900 MHz broadband licenses. The Alliance objects to the proposal on policy as well as procedural grounds. SCE offered no justification for limiting eligibility to this spectrum, even if only for a one-year period.

While EWA agrees that many utilities and other entities designated as CII have expressed interest in deploying private broadband networks, non-CII entities have expressed similar interest. As stated in the letter , in “EWA’s opinion, it is an accident of legislative drafting, and the engrafting of that statutory definition onto to the FCC’s rules, that tow truck operators are classified as CII while airlines, international delivery services, major manufacturing facilities, mass transit systems and other organizations that also provide critical services to the American public are not.” Until the FCC modifies the current overly restrictive definition of CII, EWA cannot support FCC rules that offer priority access to valuable spectrum only to entities that qualify as CII. The 900 MHz band was made available in 1985 for all Business, Industrial and Transportation (B/ILT) entities, and the anticipated broadband opportunity should not be made available to any subset of B/ILT eligible licensees.  

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The Enterprise Wireless Alliance is an FCC-certified frequency advisory committee and leading advocate for business enterprises that rely on wireless communications systems. EWA has been meeting member needs for more than 65 years and offers members and clients consulting services, frequency coordination, license preparation, spectrum management and associated services. Membership in EWA is open to users of wireless communications systems, vendors, system operators and service organizations. EWA is the developer of Cevo®, a powerful online frequency coordination solution, which simplifies the FCC-license application process and allows users to select their own frequencies, and is the creator of Cevo Go™, a mobile app and online capability that delivers certified frequencies in hours, not days. More information about membership and services is available at www.enterprisewireless.org.