FWCC Supports APCO’s 6 GHz Petition for Stay
Monday, June 08, 2020 | Comments

The Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition (FWCC) submitted a pleading in support of the petition for stay in the 6 GHz proceeding filed by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International in May.

“If the commission fails to address the concerns raised in APCO International’s petition for reconsideration, licensed 6 GHz users will be at risk of harmful interference that could have catastrophic consequences, including the injury or death of first responders and members of the communities they serve,” the FWCC filing said. “Harmful interference in the 6 GHz band could also cause substantial economic, environmental and public-safety damage by disrupting any of the critical infrastructure industries that rely on 6 GHz links to monitor and control oil and gas pipelines, electric and water utilities, railroads and other systems necessary to the safety and economy of the nation.”

FWCC said that because APCO’s stay request meets the four-prong test for grant of a stay established by the FCCs rules and precedent, the commission should grant APCO’s stay request.

However, NCTA, Wi-Fi Alliance, and a group of technology companies that includes Apple, Microsoft and Facebook, among others, all filed oppositions to the APCO petition.

The FWCC filing is here. All the filings in the proceeding are here.

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