EWA Asks FCC to Provide Guidance on T-Band

February 15, 2017–The Enterprise Wireless Alliance has asked the FCC to provide guidance concerning the T-band. An ex parte filing yesterday in ET docket 08-59 and five other dockets reporting on a meeting with Wireless Telecommunications Bureau staff asked when the agency “might provide guidance regarding the likely future of industrial, business, and commercial licensees operating on 470-512 MHz T-Band spectrum. This spectrum is subject to a highly restrictive freeze in response to the 2012 Spectrum Act, although that legislation addresses only the auctioning of T-Band spectrum ‘currently used by public safety eligibles’ and does not allow auction funds to be used for the relocation of non-public safety systems.”

Now that the FCC has “more than a decade of experience in the rules governing the availability of Sprint-vacated spectrum” in the 800 megahertz band, EWA also “recommended that the FCC review the utilization of that spectrum and determine whether the eligibility reservations specified in FCC Rule Sections 90.615 and 90.617(g) remain valid and in the public interest.”

EWA also asked about the status of a circulating notice of inquiry addressing 900 MHz petitions for rulemaking filed by EWA and pdvWireless, Inc., and M2M Spectrum Networks LLC (TRDaily, Sept. 16, 2016). – Paul Kirby, paul.kirby@wolterskluwer.com

Courtesy TRDaily