The Enterprise Wireless Alliance joined the American Petroleum Institute, Forestry Conservation Communications Association, International Municipal Signal Association, National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Utilities Technology Council filing joint comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nationwide 4.9 GHz management proposals. The coalition agreed that it was optimal to centralize management in a national Band Manager and to adopt rules that identify current and future licensing of public safety systems in the band. The coalition also recommended rules to promote non-public safety utilization of the band, thereby supporting a more robust equipment marketplace, without compromising public safety’s primary position and investment in the band.
Among other suggestions, the coalition urged the FCC to adopt rules providing for private entity eligibility for 4.9 GHz leasing and licensing opportunities. Non-commercial enterprise entities, including those classified as CII, frequently work hand-in-hand with public safety during emergencies. The coalition recommended against expanding eligibility in this band to include commercial carriers. In practical terms, it seems improbable that spectrum leasing subject to public safety priority and preemption rights will attract use of the band by commercial providers whose consumer subscribers expect constant, reliable connectively on demand.