B/I Frequency Coordinators Request FCC Policy Confirmations
Friday, August 09, 2019 | Comments

In a letter filed with the FCC July 31, the seven business/industrial/land transportation (B/ILT)-certified frequency advisory committees (FACs) asked the FCC to confirm certain policies influencing the certification of frequencies sought by B/ILT applicants, specifically rules that affect the availability of exclusive use governed by FCC Rule Section 90.187.

The frequency coordinators said mobiles associated with an exclusive (FB8) station, even if licensed as mobile only (MO) should receive protection as if classified an MO8. The groups also said protecting mobile-only service radii in excess of 121 kilometers as primary use — including countywide, statewide and nationwide areas of operation — is excessively conservative. The FACs requested that the FCC concur that mobile-only service radii in excess of 80 kilometers be treated on a secondary basis.

A reasonable solution is found in FCC Rule Section 90.205 which states, “… all operations 80 km or less from the base station will be on a primary basis and all operations outside of 80 km from the base station will be on a secondary basis and will be entitled to no protection from primary operations,” the groups said.

The FCC has started to require applicants to request a specific radius from the safe harbor table even if the radius is greater than the applicant’s required operating area. This policy change results in reduced spectrum efficiency because systems consequently receive primary geographic protection beyond what they require. The B/ILT FACs requested a return to the earlier interpretation of the safe harbor rules.

The B/ILT FACs included the American Automobile Association (AAA), the Association of American Railroads (AAR), Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA), Forest Industries Telecommunications (FIT), MRFAC, Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) and the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA).

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