EWA Supports Effort to Modify 900 MHz Freeze

10/26/2018

In a “Reply to Petition for Clarification and/or Reconsideration” filed October 25, 2018, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) supported a request of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) that the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reconsider aspects of its temporary application filing freeze on certain applications for 896-901/935-940 MHz (900 MHz Band) spectrum.    

In its comments, EWA noted that it represents 900 MHz Band incumbents who, like the entities described in the UTC Petition, may need to respond to changing business requirements while the FCC determines its next steps.  Further, EWA stated that a modified freeze, such as one modeled after the earlier 900 MHz Band freeze, “would accommodate the legitimate needs of band incumbents, without opening the door for speculative applications that compromise spectrum management and efficiency objectives.”  EWA recommended modifying the freeze “to allow incumbent licensees to modify existing systems by relocating and/or adding both sites and frequencies, even if doing so increases the spectral landscape.”

EWA is encouraged that the FCC, in a statement that accompanied its freeze notice, noted that the freeze was initiated “as part of its ongoing inquiry into potential rule changes to promote next-generation technologies and service in the band,” as that language suggests that the industry may soon have an opportunity to comment on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that addresses the implementation of a Private Enterprise broadband proposal.  

About EWA

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.