EWA Says M2M Spectrum Networks Seeks to Evade FCC 800 MHz Rules
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | Comments

In an ex parte letter filed with the FCC, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) responded to the recent efforts of M2M Spectrum Networks and the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) to persuade the FCC not to provide 800 MHz incumbents with an advanced opportunity to access expansion/guard band spectrum.

EWA said that by soliciting unknowledgeable applicants with an interest in spectrum as an investment opportunity and then leasing their channels, M2M and its affiliated organizations — Spectrum Networks Group and Smartcomm License Services — evade FCC rules governing the number of initial channels available to an entity in any market.

EWA previously asked the FCC whether the arrangement M2M and its affiliates has with applicants/licensees is consistent with the FCC’s rules and policies. If it is, then EWA intends to notify its members that they should solicit third parties to affiliate with them and file applications if they want a reasonable opportunity to acquire EB/GB channels in urban areas. The commission has yet to respond to EWA’s question.

EWA also asked how WIA, an organization that represents private land mobile radio (PLMR) users, can argue that “open access” will promote competition and benefit the public.

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