Regulatory Update February/March 2016

FCC Will Begin Accepting VHF VRS Applications on March 15.  The FCC released a Public Notice on February 3, announcing its approval of the LMCC protocols and announcing that it would begin accepting VRS applications on March 15, 2016.

Frequency coordinators must provide their analysis with each VRS application submitted so that FCC staff can understand which method the coordinators are using.  The FCC noted that it would accept applications where the co-channel separation was less than required under the consensus protocol or if the interference contours overlapped an incumbent if the application included letters of concurrence from each affected co-channel telemetry licensee.  To provide a letter of concurrence, a co-channel licensee must be able to certify that its system is constructed and operational. The text of the Clarification Order is available at: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-15-165A1.pdf

The text of the Public Notice announcing acceptance of Vehicular Repeater applications is available at: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-119A1.pdf

Comment Sought on Current State of Consumer Signal Boosters. Three years ago, the FCC adopted technical, operational and registration requirements for consumer signal boosters.  The goal of the new rules was to broaden the availability of consumer signal boosters while preventing those devices from adversely impacting wireless networks.

Since the new rules were adopted, the FCC has certified over 70 consumer signal boosters. The four nationwide wireless carriers have consented to their use and have set up consumer registration procedures.

In the Public Notice released on February 29, the FCC is seeking comment on the current state of the consumer signal booster market and any relevant technologies that should be considered.  Comment is sought on:

  • Effectiveness of the consumer signal booster registration system
  • Effectiveness of the FCC’s enforcement efforts
  • Performance and effectiveness of consumer signal boosters
  • Whether additional safeguard are needed
  • Any other issues related to consumer signal boosters

Comments are due March 30; Reply Comments are due April 14. The text of the Public Notice is available at: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-221A1.pdf

Regional Planning Committee Meetings

Region 6 (Northern California) will hold 700 and 800 MHz Regional Planning meetings on March 22 in Fairfield, CA. The text of the Public Notice is available at: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-256A1.pdf

Region 39 (Tennessee) will hold 700 and 800 MHz Regional Planning meetings on March 23 in Nashville, TN.  The text of the Public Notice is available at: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-196A1.pdf

Region 30 (New York-Albany) will hold 700 and 800 MHz Regional Planning meetings on May 4, in Albany, NY. The text of the Public Notice is available at: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-197A1.pdf

Region 8 (Metropolitan New York and Northern New Jersey) has announced its 2016 700 and 800 MHz Regional Planning meeting schedule.  The next meeting will be held May 12 in Paramus, NJ.  The text of the Public Notice is available at: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-46A1.pdf