EWA: FCC T-Band Actions Shouldn’t Apply to Industrial/Business Entities (6/25/12)
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) requested that the FCC revisit its reading of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 specific to the UHF T-band spectrum.
In response to the Spectrum Act, the FCC announced a "limited suspension" of the acceptance and processing of certain T-band applications from both public-safety and industrial/business entities. “Contrary to the FCC's application freeze, there is not a single reference to T-band spectrum used by industrial/business licensees in the legislation, which instructs the FCC only to reallocate T-band spectrum ‘currently used by public-safety eligibles,’ ” an EWA letter to the FCC said.
The letter said that the FCC action described as necessary "to stabilize the spectrum environment for the future, unidentified use of T-band by unknown entities has actually served to destabilize what has been a vibrant spectral environment, an intensively used allocation that has provided critical communications capabilities for many thousands of industrial/business entities that promote local economies and create jobs."
The letter also challenges the need to suspend the processing of pending applications that comply with current T-band requirements. "The FCC's actions threaten the operations of industrial/business T-band licensees meeting internal communications needs, as well as those of the many other entities whose business efficiency and productivity communications requirements are served by private carrier T-band systems. We are at a loss to understand why the FCC has elected to go beyond the clear language of Title VI of the Act in considering how to implement this legislation,” said the letter signed by EWA President and CEO Mark Crosby.
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