EWA Asks FCC to Announce Filing Window for 12.5 kHz 800 MHz Channels from Rebanding
Monday, August 02, 2021 | Comments

In a letter to the FCC, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) asked the commission to announce a filing window for accepting applications for 12.5 kilohertz channels in the 800 MHz band, following completion of rebanding.

“The Enterprise Wireless Association is pleased that the 800 MHz rebanding proceeding is now complete and the Federal Communications Commission has lifted freezes that will now allow additional spectrum in that band to be utilized,” the EWA said. “There is one further step EWA recommends that will permit the full potential of the band to be realized.”

In April, the FCC terminated the 800 MHz rebanding program after the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA) filed a report telling the commission that aside from two exceptions, all licensees in the band had completed reconfiguration of their systems. The FCC also lifted freezes preventing the filing of new applications for channels in the band, and EWA noted that the FCC has rules ready to coordinate applications in the band.

“The FCC adopted rules in 2018 authorizing the creation of 12.5 kilohertz bandwidth interstitial channels in the 809 – 817/854 – 862 MHz band,” the EWA said in its letter. “It adopted an order on reconsideration in 2020 that modified and clarified the technical rules for coordinating applications for those interstitial channels. Thus, while the rules are in place to license systems on those channels, no filing window for accepting applications has been announced pending completion of 800 MHz rebanding.”

The EWA noted that the FCC had already announced that it would begin accepting applications for 800 MHz 25 kilohertz bandwidth channels on August 14. The applications will be coordinated by FCC-certified frequency advisory committees (FACs) to ensure that they meet all FCC requirements and are not mutually exclusive with other applications.

“After that date, the 25 kilohertz bandwidth spectrum environment in this band largely will be settled and the introduction of systems on 12.5 kilohertz channels may commence,” the letter said.

The EWA encouraged the FCC to announce an application window for 12.5 kilohertz applications as soon as possible after August 14.

“The FACs that coordinate 800 MHz spectrum have determined that no special coordination process will be required to handle these applications, because it is not anticipated that they will be geographically concentrated,” the EWA’s letter said. “The standard frequency coordination process is well equipped to handle any possible instances of mutual exclusivity, as it does today in the rare instances when those situations arise.”

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