EWA Wants Clarification on 900 MHz Freeze
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | Comments

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) asked the FCC to clarify its recent freeze on new applications for the 900 MHz band.

EWA and pdvWireless submitted a proposal to realign the 900 MHz band to allow broadband operations. “As such, the alliance understands why a freeze is necessary to preserve the current 900 MHz landscape and deter the filing of speculative applications, although it urges the commission to finalize the proceeding as promptly as possible, so that the freeze is not in place for longer than absolutely necessary,” an EWA letter said.

EWA said the freeze’s second category of prohibited filings is “applications that seek to modify existing licenses by adding or changing frequencies or locations.” The third category is “applications that seek to modify existing licenses by changing technical parameters in a matter that expands the station’s spectral or geographic footprint, such as, but not limited to, increases in bandwidth, power level, antenna height, or area of operation.”

“EWA believes, but asks the bureau to clarify, that licenses can be modified to change location, as long as the modified location does not expand the currently licensed 40 dBu service contour,” the letter said. “That interpretation would be consistent with the bureau’s position in other Part 90 freezes,” the letter said.

In an ex parte filing this month, a Florida utility said it would cost the utility $98 million to reconfigure its operations in the 900 MHz band under the EWA and pdvWireless proposal.

The EWA letter requesting clarification is here.

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