EWA, UTC Request Review of Higher Ground Order
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Comments

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) and Utilities Technology Council (UTC) filed applications for review of the FCC’s order granting Higher Ground an earth station (ES) license. In January, the FCC granted Higher Ground’s application, with conditions, for a nationwide license to operate mobile ES transmitters in the fixed service 6 GHz band despite filings from numerous mission-critical communications organizations, including EWA, in opposition.

“It is EWA’s belief that the action taken by the bureaus conflicts with established commission policy,” the EWA filing said. “The alliance urges the FCC to set aside the grant of the waiver, return Higher Ground’s application to pending status and initiate a rulemaking proceeding in which the many concerns about the interference potential of the proposed system can be evaluated in great detail and weighed against its prospective benefits to the public.”

"Despite the threat of interference to these mission-critical communications systems and objections on the record, the order requires only that Higher Ground correct interference after the fact and declines to require Higher Ground to accept responsibility and liability for any reported interference it causes," the UTC filing said. "The public interest is not served by granting Higher Ground’s application, nor is there a sufficient basis for waiving the rules."

The full EWA application for review is here.

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