EWA Takes Issue with WIA Position on 800 MHz Priority Access
Friday, May 04, 2018 | Comments

In an ex parte filing to the FCC, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) reiterated that the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) is the only Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) that does not support the LMCC’s request to provide time-limited priority access to incumbent 800 MHz licensees to add expansion and guard band channels to existing systems before opening the spectrum to new entrants.

EWA’s ex parte filing comes in response to a WIA ex parte filing describing a meeting between WIA and FCC officials. At that meeting and in its filing, WIA emphasized the importance of improving access to the 800 MHz expansion and guard bands through open access policies. The WIA said that the FCC should encourage competition in those channels and that providing priority access to those channels could bar new entrants to the spectrum and deter innovation in the band.

“WIA encouraged the FCC to remain charted on its pro-competition course and resist any attempt to establish a preferential licensing scheme for the benefit of 800 MHz incumbents,” the letter said.

In the EWA filing, EWA President and CEO Mark Crosby provided a list of all the other LMCC members that support the proposal.

Each of those members represents both incumbent users and users looking to establish new systems on expansion and guard band channels. The LMCC and its individual member associations weighed the interests of all of their members before adopting the proposal, Crosby’s letter said.

Crosby also took issue with the WIA’s contention that the priority access period would limit innovation in the band.

“Contrary to the implication in WIA’s letter, incumbents are just as likely to introduce innovation as are new entrants,” the letter said.

EWA urged the commission to adopt the LMCC recommendation and reject WIA’s opposition to the proposal.

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