FCC Denies Review of SNG Waiver Request
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | Comments

The FCC denied an application for review of an FCC decision that denied the request of Spectrum Networks Group (SNG) for a waiver permitting it to SMR systems on 896 – 901/935 – 940 MHz business/industrial/land transportation (B/ILT) channels.

The 900 MHz band consists of 10-channel blocks that alternate between SMR blocks that are geographically licensed and B/ILT blocks in which channels are assigned on a site-by-site basis.

The commission in 2008 rejected a proposal to permit any fixed or mobile service to get new 900 MHz B/ILT channels, which would have accommodated SNG’s proposed operations. Instead, the FCC reaffirmed that the spectrum should be kept available for current and future “traditional B/ILT” operations, such as eligible licensees controlling and operating their own systems to address their own private, internal communications needs.

The FCC said granting SNG’s waiver request would not only conflict with the underlying purpose of the 900 MHz B/ILT rules but also would have altered the spectral landscape in the 900 MHz band.

The full order is here.

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