EWA views its mission as a frequency advisory committee as facilitating the delivery of the benefits of wireless technology, in compliance with FCC rules, and through the proper allocation and use of spectrum that properly adapts to the technology sought by the end user.
News of recent FCC narrowband waivers granted to Delta Airlines, New York Transit Authority, the city of St. Louis and others that extended compliance deadlines may prompt a few licensees struggling to satisfy the Jan. 1, 2013, mandate to perhaps assume that the FCC will grant all such waiver requests. That assumption might be a bit risky.
In the Internet space, broadband is good. It’s a catch-all term for services with faster speeds. It’s where we all want to be, particularly those of us who remember dial-up modems. Having broadband means faster downloads of content for your smartphone, computer, Internet-enabled TV or content-streaming device. Your devices are either broadband enabled or not.
Readers should know that the EWA will be an active participant in any and all proceedings that may have consequences for the business/industrial licensees that make up at least 16 ounces of the T-Band flesh Congress decided to extract.
EWA assisted White Settlement by locating vacated Sprint channels. After that, the next challenge was creating a regional system with other smaller departments in the area — a process that ended up taking about two and a half years from basic concept to final system readiness.
The FCC’s recent decision to permit the use of two 6.25 kHz channels utilizing the NXDN 4 kHz emission mask within a single 12.5 kHz channel not only offers greater spectrum efficiency to licensees operating trunked systems in the UHF band (from 450 MHz to 470 MHz), it also greatly simplifies the narrowbanding process, according to Ralph Haller, chairman of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council.