Anterix Outlines 5 Experimental Licenses, Amends 900 MHz Mandatory Relocation Proposal
Friday, November 22, 2019 | Comments

Anterix, the company pushing the FCC to adopt rules to realign the 900 MHz band to allow Anterix to lease broadband spectrum to electric utilities and other critical infrastructure industries (CII) entities, offered details on five experimental licenses and amended its proposed rules for mandatory relocation.

The five 900 MHz broadband experimental licenses include the following:
• Ameren Services to test the use of a private Long Term Evolution (LTE) network for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution and gas system sensors and controls, substation backhaul, and monitoring and control of distributed energy inverters. The test site is Washington, Illinois, and the license was issued in May 2018.
• Southern Linc to test the capacity and latency for various applications in support of electric and gas utility operations and to confirm whether the operations can be conducted without causing interference to systems in adjacent spectrum bands. The tests sites are in Dadeville, Tallassee and Camp Hill, Alabama, and a license was granted in November 2018.
• PDV Spectrum Holding Co. to evaluate LTE systems in active grid control scenarios as part of its tests with the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL). The test site was Golden, Colorado, and the license was issued in February.
• Delmarva Power & Light to explore the use of private LTE at 900 MHz for electric distribution and gas system sensors and controls, substation backhaul and monitoring, AMI or AMI backhaul, and control of distributed energy inverters. The test site is in Salisbury, Maryland, and the issue date was Oct. 15.
• United Parcel Service to test coverage and performance differences between band 8 deployment on the Anterix spectrum and the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) overlay operating in band 48. The test site is Billings, Montana, and the issue date was Oct. 21.

The new proposal for a mandatory relocation trigger would be 90% of channels within the 900 MHz broadband segment at any time within a year of the beginning of the voluntary negotiation period or 80% of the channels within the 900 MHz broadband segment at any time within two years of the beginning of the voluntary negotiation period.

The information was outlined in a ex parte filing with the FCC.

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