EWA Seeks Regulatory Parity In Response to M2M Networks/WIA Policy Recommendations


The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) whether it is permissible for affiliated entities to solicit, prepare and file Specialized Mobile Radio applications on behalf of third party investors, with agreements to construct their facilities and lease their spectrum in channel quantities that exceed the number for which a single applicant may apply initially. In certain bands, such as 800 MHz, the FCC has limited the number of frequencies available on initial application in a given area in order to promote spectrum access to a wider number of applicants. An affiliated group comprised of Smartcomm License Services LLC, Spectrum Networks Group LLC, and M2M Spectrum Networks LLC has collaborated in an application solicitation, license construction, and spectrum leasing strategy that has given them control of a substantial number of channels in multiple markets. In its filing, EWA asked the Commission to advise whether parties are permitted to organize this type of packaged arrangement since it could be a very attractive approach for entities interested in acquiring substantial 800 MHz spectrum positions in major markets.

In addition, EWA questioned whether the Internet of Things (IoT) service described by M2M in its filings is appropriate for 800 MHz Part 90 land mobile spectrum, which is allocated primarily for mobile voice applications, rather than fixed data. EWA suggested that there are other bands that are far better-suited than 800 MHz for the deployment of IoT systems.  


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.