EWA Urges FCC to Announce Date for Accepting 12.5 kHz 800 MHz Applications
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | Comments

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) sent a letter to the FCC asking it when it will announce a date for when applications for 12.5 kilohertz channels in the 809 – 817/854 – 862 MHz band will be accepted.

“Because the rules governing these channels are fully effective, the only action required of the FCC is issuance of a public notice announcing the date when applications for them will be accepted,” the letter said. “The private land mobile community is eager to make productive use of this additional 800 MHz capacity and urges the FCC to take this final step as promptly as possible.”

Back in July, the EWA filed a letter urging the FCC to issue such a public notice and suggested a date of August 14.

The rules for the channels were finalized in 2020. Applications for new or modified 800 MHz systems seeking 12.5 kilohertz or 25 kilohertz channel bandwidths will be filed as they are for frequencies in other Part 90 bands.

EWA President and CEO Robin Cohen noted that the EWA had not heard anything on the issue from the FCC.

“In August of last year, EWA noted that there were no apparent technical encumbrances that would prohibit releasing these 318 channels,” Cohen said. “The FCC has not responded nor indicated when it might make these channels available to public-safety and business enterprises. Perhaps the FCC will provide an update.”

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