LMCC Opposes Joint PCIA and M2M Networks Filing

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Herndon, VA – On December 17, the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) filed a letter opposing PCIA’s request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “to eliminate special privileges for incumbent users” in forthcoming Expansion and Guard band spectrum releases following rebanding. The LMCC reminded the FCC that the LMCC Petition proposing to allow incumbents a six-month window in which to file for these channels before applications would be accepted from new entrants in an area was consistent with other instances in which the Commission had found it in the public interest to promote the expansion of existing systems prior to the licensing of new systems and was supported by public interest considerations.

In the same letter, the LMCC advised the FCC that it opposed M2M Networks’ Petition to modify FCC rules and allow licensees for 900 megahertz (MHz) Business/Industrial Land Transportation (B/ILT) channels to provide commercial service to B/ILT entities without having to establish independent, internal eligibility for the spectrum. The LMCC agreed with the concerns expressed in comments submitted previously by individual LMCC members that there was no technical requirement to use 900 MHz private land mobile radio (PLMR) spectrum for this application, a position with which the FCC agreed in denying the antecedent waiver request from Spectrum Networks Group. The LMCC also specifically noted LMCC’s concern that spectrum granted under such provisions might be warehoused.

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Author: Andrea Cumpston