FCC Denies Bristol-Meyers, MRA Waiver Requests for ATU Channels
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 | Comments

The FCC denied two applications and requests for waiver of the commission’s rules to permit use of airport terminal use (ATU) channels.

The first request, filed by Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co. sought authority for operations in New Jersey and Connecticut. The second, filed by Mobile Relay Associates (MRA), sought authority for operations in Colorado, Florida and Nevada.

The ATU 460/465.650 and 460/465.89375 MHz channels are reserved within 16 kilometers of several hundred large and small airports for use by entities providing commercial air transportation services in connection with servicing and supplying aircraft. They are available on a secondary basis to other industrial/business (I/B) entities at locations between 16 and 80 kilometers from the designated airports if limited to the confines of an industrial complex or manufacturing yard and operated with a maximum effective radiated power (ERP) of 10 watts.

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) supported the Bristol-Meyers request.

The FCC order said neither Bristol-Meyers nor MRA demonstrated that a waiver of the ATU rules is warranted under the circumstances presented.

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