EWA: $450M to Move Industrial/Business T-Band Licensees (6/14/13)
Friday, June 14, 2013 | Comments

The cost to move 764 industrial/business (I/B) T-band UHF systems into a single portion of contiguous T-band spectrum would be nearly $450 million, according to research from the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA).

EWA said in comments to the FCC that it should not go beyond the legislative directive to relocate public-safety T-band licensees and auction their spectrum. However, if the FCC concludes that the I/B licensees must be moved as well, EWA said there is no comparable spectrum to which they can be relocated.

EWA recommended that the FCC pursue the option in the original public notice to consolidate all such licensees in a contiguous portion of T-band spectrum and, pursuant to that, provided the estimated costs. The relocation cost could be borne by auction winner(s), as it has been in other FCC auctions of encumbered spectrum and presumably would be factored into the amount they would bid for the spectrum itself, the filing said.

EWA also said the FCC should rescind the T-band freeze, at least until the imminence of an auction requires a defined spectrum landscape, or modify it consistent with the freeze applicable to 900 MHz I/B spectrum. Televate conducted the research for EWA.

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) estimated it would cost nearly $6 billion to relocate public-safety users in the T-band spectrum.

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