EWA Questions Sprint-Vacated 800 MHz Spectrum Timelines in AEP Comments
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | Comments

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) filed comments supporting a waiver request from American Electric Power (AEP) to use 800 MHz Sprint-vacated frequencies that normally would not be available to critical infrastructure industries (CII) entities until after Feb. 10, 2018. AEP noted in its waiver request that no public-safety entity has applied for the Sprint-vacated spectrum in the required coverage area.

EWA, which coordinated the application originally, also suggested that the FCC revisit the 10-year-old policy where Sprint-vacated spectrum is first made available for use by public safety and CII applicants for three and five years respectively. In its comments, EWA questioned whether the use record justified retaining these preferences in the future.

Specifically, EWA said the FCC should examine the extent to which public-safety entities have taken advantage of their three-year exclusive right to Sprint-vacated spectrum, and whether this reservation remains justified in light of technology advances, the need for spectrum efficiencies, and the spectrum shortages that exist for other deserving classes of private land mobile licensees. EWA suggested that if FCC records reflect that a great deal of spectrum remains unclaimed by eligible entities in significant parts of the country, the FCC should reconsider whether the lengthy reservations continue to serve the public interest.

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