Telecom Business Alert -- ClearRF Waiver, FCC Workshops, 700 MHz Waiver -- Vol. XI Issue 16

Date: Apr 21, 2014

FCC Consumer Signal Booster Request Rejected

On April 16, the FCC issued an Order denying ClearRF’s request for a determination that its consumer signal booster provides equivalent protection to the Network Protection Standard.  ClearRF argued that while its consumer signal booster model number WRE2710 does not meet the FCC’s bidirectional capability and booster gain limits requirements, it provides protection equivalent to the Network Protection Standard.  The FCC rejected ClearRF’s request finding that it did not prove equivalent protection under either requirement.  

K&H Webinar - “Know Your Tower ABCs” Audio Available

Thank you to those who joined us last Thursday for the “Know Your Tower ABCs.”  The roundtable focused on the many regulatory obligations for tower owners from the FCC, FAA, EPA, and OSHA.  To listen to the webinar, CLICK HERE.  For those with EPA questions, please contact Trent Doyle (Doyle@khlaw.com; 202-434-4161).  For those with OSHA questions, please contact David Sarvadi (Sarvadi@khlaw.com; 202-434-4249).  For those with FCC and/or FAA questions, please contact Greg Kunkle (Kunkle@khlaw.com; 202-434-4178). 

FCC Reschedules Tower Workshop

Last week, the FCC announced it has rescheduled its two-day tower workshop.  The first day, scheduled for Tuesday June 24, 2014, will focus on environmental and historic preservation requirements for communications tower construction.  The second day, scheduled for Wednesday June 25, 2014, will focus on Positive Train Control infrastructure.  The workshop was previously scheduled for May 19-20, 2014.  For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle (Kunkle@khlaw.com; 202-434-41780.

Anchorage Waiver Request Wideband Operations on Public Safety Channels

The FCC requested comment on applications submitted by the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska to operate an IP-based private land mobile data system on 700 MHz channels allocated for public safety narrowband use.  Under the proposal, Anchorage would combine channel pairs to create 50 kHz blocks for operations.  Comments are due May 15, 2014.  For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle (Kunkle@khlaw.com; 202-434-4178).

FCC E-Rate Workshop

On April 14, 2014 the FCC announced a workshop to discuss the issues surrounding its E-Rate modernization effort will take place on Tuesday May 6, 2014.  Workshop participants will discuss the strategies and challenges of connecting schools and libraries to high-speed broadband.  A final agenda will be issued prior to the workshop.  For more information, please contact Doug Jarrett (Jarrett@khlaw.com; 202-434-4180).

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