UTC, Edison Electric Institute Urge 4.9 GHz Order Allowing Utility Licenses
Thursday, January 03, 2019 | Comments

Representatives from the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) and the Edison Electric Institute met with FCC officials to urge the commission to issue an order to enable utilities to share the 4.9 GHz band with public safety on a co-primary basis.

UTC said that sharing the 4.9 GHz band with public safety would be consistent with the recommendations in the commission’s national broadband plan, which recognized that utilities and public safety have similar communications needs and that sharing spectrum could create synergies. UTC reiterated that utilities could share the band and coexist with public-safety entities. UTC also explained that sharing the band with utilities would make more efficient use of the band.

In addition, UTC provided a set of resolutions that formally established UTC’s policy positions on a number of issues pending in proceedings at the FCC. The 4.9 GHz resolution noted that UTC has worked with the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) to develop a proposed 4.9 GHz band plan, which would include utilities as eligible entities to hold licenses.

In comments submitted last year, public-safety groups advocated for continued access to the band, while saying critical infrastructure industries (CII) should also be given access to the spectrum and sharing should be limited. The FCC proposed sharing the 4.9 GHz band in March.

The UTC filing and resolutions are here.

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