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3.5 GHz Workshop Pushed to January 2014

Posted on November 15, 2013

An FCC workshop on the proposed Spectrum Access System (SAS) in the 3550-3650 MHz band (3.5 GHz Band) that was originally scheduled for December has been postponed.  The workshop, which will address technical requirements, architecture, and operational parameters of the SAS, will now be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.  A workshop agenda will be released prior to the workshop, along with a public notice outlining the scope of the workshop and encouraging parties to develop detailed technical papers addressing specific technical issues related to the operation of the SAS in advance of the workshop.

Public Workshop to Discuss 3.5 GHz Spectrum Access System

Posted on October 1, 2013

In December of 2012, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to make at least 100 megahertz of spectrum available for shared small cell use in the 3.5 GHz band.  The Commission proposed to create a dynamic Spectrum Access System (SAS) that would prevent interference between devices operating in the band.  On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, the FCC will hold a public workshop to discuss the technical requirements, architecture and operational parameters of the SAS.  In the coming weeks, the Commission intends to release a Public Notice with additional details regarding the workshop and will be asking parties to submit detailed technical papers addressing technical issues related to the SAS.

H Block Auction Procedures Released – No Package Bidding

Posted on September 17, 2013

The FCC has released a Public Notice establishing the procedures, reserve price, minimum opening bid amounts, and deadlines for filing short-form applications and making upfront payments for the upcoming H Block (1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz) auction. The rules include prohibitions on communications between bidders, outline cost sharing obligations related to the clearing and relocation of incumbent users, set minimum upfront payments, establish bidding credits for small businesses and tribal lands and set minimum opening bids and bid increments.  Bidding will be conducted in a standard simultaneous multiple round format without package bidding.  Many small and rural carriers opposed the Commission’s proposal to allow package bidding as it would make it extremely difficult for small carriers to compete with large nationwide bidders.  Relevant deadlines are as follows:

Short Form applications Filing Window Opens:  October 23, 2014 (12:00 noon ET)
Short-Form Application Filing Window Closes:  November 5, 2013 (6:00 PM ET)
Upfront Payments Due (Wire Transfer):  December 11, 2013 (6:00 PM ET).
Mock Auction:  January 10, 2014
H Block Auction (Auction 96):  January 14, 2014.

DISH Looking to Use AWS-4 Uplink Band for Downlink Operations & Seeks Buildout Extension

Posted on September 17, 2013

The FCC has asked for comments on DISH Network Corporation’s Petition for Waiver and Request for Extension of time.  DISH has asked the Commission for a waiver of the FCC’s technical rules to allow it to use the lower AWS-4 block (2000-2020 MHz), which is currently designated as an uplink band, for either uplink or downlink operations.  DISH proposes to notify the Commission within 30 months after grant of its petition whether it will use the block for downlink or uplink operations. DISH argues this flexibility will allow it to use the AWS-4 block in conjunction with the adjacent PCS band and will harmonize with the H and J Blocks because it could provide up 30 MHz of contiguous downlink spectrum. DISH also requested a one year extension of the final buildout deadline for its AWS-4 licenses.

Reply Comment Deadline Extended in 5 GHz U-NII Proceeding

Posted on June 17, 2013

On April 10, 2013, the Federal Register published the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the proceeding addressing the licensing of Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices in the 5 GHz band. Comments were due May 28, 2013 and replies were supposed to be due June 24, 2013. However, the WiFi Alliance and  the IEEE 802 both requested extensions of the filing deadline for reply comments.  Both parties argued there was insufficient time to thoroughly review the record.  The WiFi Alliance also noted that the IEEE 802′s Plenary Session and the 2013 Wi-Fi Alliance Member Meeting fall after the reply comment deadline and the reply comments will be more thorough and better informed by the discussions that occur during these meetings.  The Commission agreed that good cause exists for an extension of the reply comment filing deadline. Therefore, reply comments in this proceeding are now due July 24, 2013.

Progeny Authorized to Operate Commercial Location Service Covering Outdoor, In-Building and Urban Canyons

Posted on June 10, 2013

The FCC has granted a petition for waiver filed by Progeny LMS, LLC (Progeny) to operate a commercial multilateration location and monitoring service (M-LMS) network that provides precise indoor and outdoor location information in hard-to-serve areas such as inside buildings and urban canyons where Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) signals are generally blocked.  In granting Progeny’s application, the Commission found the service will provide significant public safety benefits without causing unacceptable levels of interference to unlicensed Part 15 devices operating in the 902-928 MHz Band.

FCC Reconsiders Changes to Experimental Radio Licensing Rules

Posted on May 29, 2013

On its own motion, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has reconsidered and modified the Experimental Radio Service (ERS) rules adopted in its January 31, 2013 Report and Order. In the January Order, the Commission made several changes to the ERS rules, including the creation of three new types of ERS licenses: (1) program license; (2) medical testing license; and (3) compliance testing license. In addition to other changes, the Commission amended the title of Section 5.79 of its rules, which addresses ERS license transfers, to include these three new types of licenses. Upon further consideration, the Commission finds that changing the title of Section 5.79 gave the erroneous impression that these new ERS licenses may be transferred with the written approval of the Commission.  The Commission now amends Section 5.79 to specifically prohibit the transfer of program, medical testing and compliance testing experimental radio licenses. The Commission will continue to allow conventional experimental licenses to be transferred with the Commission’s written approval.