PTC- Positive Train Control has been in the news recently due to the Phillidelphia train derailment ….The FCC has posted a blog discussing what it is and how it is supposed to make the rails safer. It can be read by following this link HERE.

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The FCC released their proposed Federal Year 2015 Regulatory Fees.  Expect them to be adopted as proposed. The Regulatory Fee is collected at the time of the initial license application and/at the time of  the renewal of the license and is prepaid for the term of the license (Usually 10 years).  A seperate Application Fee is paid for each new, renewed or modified application when it is filed and is in addition to the Regulatory Fee.  A later release will propose Application Filing Fees.

Should you desire to comment on the proposed fees, the comment due date is June 22, 2015 and the reply comment date is July 6, 2015 .

Proposed Fees of interest are

Shared use PLMRS:  $10.00/year

Exclusive use PLMRS : $30.00/year

Microwave Service :  $20.00/year

Wireless Services,subscriber unit-based are: CMRS, Cellular/mobile $0.17/subscruber unit.  CMRS Messaging service  $0.08/subscriber unit.

Of note, the the regulatory fees for Amateur Vanity Call Sign program as well as the GMRS Radio service  have been dropped.

The link to the whole FCC PDF document is available for viewing or downloading by clicking HERE .

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Kathryn Bachman of Katy on the Hill got an exclusive interview with Oregon Representative Greg Walden, Chairman of the Congressional Communicaions and Technology Subcommittee.  Walden wants more transparency at the Commission, he does not like the new Open Internet Bill,  wants faster acion on finding new spectrum and is upset that the Commissin is not providing documentation about the decision to close field offices.

You can read the whole article at Katy on the Hill by following this LINK.  Be sure to come back to our website when you are done.

According to John Eggerton, writing in, the FCC is plannig to change the name of the Wireless Bureau ’s Spectrum And Competition Policy Division to the Competition  and Infrastructure Division.

The name change was aounced by Roger Sherman, Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at a May 12th FCC Environment Compliance and Historic Preservation Review training sesson.


By: John Eggerton

 The FCC is planning to change the name of the Wireless Bureau’s Spectrum And Competition Policy division to the Competition and Infrastructure Policy division.

That is to reflect the division’s increasing focus on infrastructure. and the work it already does in that area, said an FCC source speaking on background, but is not a signal of any less attention to spectrum, particularly as regards transactions and competition policy. The source pointed out that the other divisions without spectrum in their names, mobility, broadband, auctions, have plenty to do with spectrum without including them in the moniker.

Not surprisingly, PCIA-The Wireless Infrastructure Association was quick to applaud the move. ” The new name reflects this Commission’s commitment to strengthening wireless infrastructure deployment,” said PCIA President Jonathan Adelstein, himself a former FCC commissioner.

“The move signals the recognition that wireless infrastructure is integral to America’s economic and technological future,” said Adelstein.

The name change was signaled by Roger Sherman, Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, at the FCC’s Environmental Compliance and Historic Preservation Review Training session Tuesday (May 12).

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 DA 15-579

May 13, 2015




Comments Due:  June 29, 2015                                

Reply Comments Due:  July 14, 2015


With this Public Notice, we seek comment on a supplement to the Petition for Rulemaking (Petition) filed by Enterprise Wireless Alliance and Pacific DataVision, Inc. (collectively Petitioners) regarding realignment of 896-901/935-940 MHz (900 MHz) spectrum.[1]  On November 17, 2014, Petitioners filed the Petition requesting that the Commission open a rulemaking proceeding to realign the 900 MHz band to create a private enterprise broadband allocation.[2]  Petitioners proposed that the band be divided into a 3/3 MHz broadband segment (898-901/937-40 MHz) to be assigned to a Private Enterprise Broadband (PEBB) licensee, and a 2/2 MHz narrowband segment (896-98/935-37 MHz).[3] 


On May 3, 2015, Petitioners filed a supplement to the Petition (Supplement), containing draft proposed rules.[4]  The Supplement sets forth specific technical rules for operation in the broadband segment, such as emission mask and antenna height and power limits.  The draft proposed rules also prescribe a relocation process that is similar to the procedure that the Commission adopted in the 800 MHz proceeding.  Other draft proposed rules discuss the conditions under which the PEBB licensee would offer broadband arrangements to requesting entities, and the interference protection that the PEBB licensee must provide to systems operating in the 901-902/940-941 MHz band.


In order to develop a full and complete record, we seek comment on the Supplement. 


Procedural Matters


Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.415, 1.419, interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates indicated above.  Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).[5] 


§  Electronic Filers:  Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: 


§  Paper Filers:  Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.  If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.


Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail.  All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.


§  All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554.  The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.   All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners.  Any envelopes and boxes must be disposed of before entering the building. 


§  Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD  20743.


§  U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC  20554.


People with Disabilities:  To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).


This proceeding has been designated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.[6]  Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies).  Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the presentation.  If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments already reflected in the presenter’s written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them in the memorandum.  Documents shown or given to Commission staff during ex parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed consistent with rule 1.1206(b). 


In proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf).  Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules.


For further information, contact Stana Kimball of the Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, at (202) 418-1306 or via e-mail at


Action by the Deputy Chief, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.


- FCC -

[1] Currently, the 900 MHz band consists of 399 narrowband (12.5 kilohertz) channels grouped into ten-channel blocks that alternate between Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) blocks that are geographically licensed by Major Trading Area (MTA) and Business/Industrial/Land Transportation (B/ILT) blocks in which channels are assigned on a site-by-site basis.

[2] Petition for Rulemaking of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance and Pacific DataVision, Inc., filed Nov. 17, 2014.  The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau sought comment on the Petition on November 26, 2014.  See Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Seeks Comment on Enterprise Wireless Alliance and Pacific DataVision, Inc. Proposed Rules Regarding Realignment of 900 MHz Spectrum, Public Notice, RM-11738, 29 FCC Rcd 14424 (WTB 2014).  Comments were due January 12, 2015; reply comments were due January 27, 2015.

[3] The broadband segment would be assigned in each MTA to the licensee that currently holds at least fifteen of the twenty SMR licenses for that MTA.  This PEBB licensee would be required to fund the relocation to comparable facilities in the narrowband segment of all B/ILT incumbents in the 898-901/937-40 MHz segment, as well as any SMR incumbents that elect to continue operating narrowband systems rather than negotiate with the PEBB licensee to have their spectrum included in the PEBB authorization.  Licensees above 898/937 MHz would be required to negotiate with the PEBB licensee; remaining in the broadband segment apart from the PEBB licensee would not be permitted.  After relocation and band realignment, the PEBB licensee would be required to offer a build-to-suit broadband solution to any requesting B/ILT entity, with mandatory priority access for critical infrastructure industry entities.

[4] Realignment of the 896-901/935-940 MHz Band to Create a Private Enterprise Broadband Allocation, Petition for Rulemaking of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance and Pacific DataVision, Inc., RM-11738, Proposed Rules, filed May 3, 2015.

[5]See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).

[6] See 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200(a), 1.1206.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        CONTACT:

May 7, 2015                                                                                        Matthew Berry (202) 418-2005 





Quoting from his  May 7, 2015 Release:

“When it comes to broadband, American consumers want greater competition, faster speeds, more deployment, and lower prices.  But the FCC’s decision two months ago to adopt President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet is already having precisely the opposite effect.

As I predicted in my dissent from the FCC’s Order, “Today there are thousands of smaller Internet service providers—wireless Internet service providers (WISPs), small-town cable operators, municipal broadband providers, electric cooperatives, and others—that don’t have the means or the margins to withstand a regulatory onslaught.  . . . Smaller, rural competitors will be disproportionately affected, and the FCC’s decision will diminish competition—the best guarantor of consumer welfare.”

Just last week, many small broadband operators declared under penalty of perjury that this is in fact the case—that they are cutting back on investments because of the FCC’s decision.

     These examples shouldn’t surprise anyone.  After all, the President’s own Small Business Administration warned the FCC last year that its proposed rules would unduly burden small businesses.  And yet the FCC decided to treat each and every small, scrappy broadband provider as if it were an anticompetitive industrial giant.

The FCC still has a chance to heed these calls and stay the effect of President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet.  But I doubt this will happen.  That’s because moving forward with this plan isn’t about logic, the law, or marketplace facts.  It’s about fulfilling a political imperative. ”


 The complete text of Commissioner Pai’s release can be found at either of the FCC Links below.

The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will  host its annual educational workshop on the environmental compliance and historic review process required for the construction of wireless communication facilities. At the workshop guidance will be provided for consultants and those who construct communication facilities for their clients . Part of the workshop will focus on the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act and how to maintain compliance with these regulations.

The workshop will be held at the FCC in  Washington, DC.  Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 9 AM untill 4 PM.  There is no charge and pre-registration is required.  To attend in  personc ontact Maria.Delao@FCC.Gov with your name and affilation.

The event will also be streamed on line and available for later webcast viewing.

Instructions for Webcast:  Please go to, then open the link “Our Work” at the top of the FCC home page, then open the tab “Events,” and then open the tab “Featured.”  Finally, open the link for the titled workshop.  If you are unable to watch live, you can view the webacast later by following the same steps and opening the tab “Past” instead of “Featured.”  Open the link for the titled workshop.

For Additional Information.  Steve DelSordo at (202) 418-1986 or by e-mail:  All media inquiries should be directed to Cecilia Sulhoff at (202) 418-0587 or

In late April in a widely circulated Land Mobile Communication Industry magazine a person identified only as “Third Order” complained about the Land Mobile Communications Council  (LMCC) and the FCC Certified Frequency Coordinators practices and procedures.  His complaint about not being able to find out the criteria that we (Frequency Coordinators) operate under is completely without merit.

Here is my reply to “Third Order”

I take exception to your claim that it is impossible to obtain information and criteria about the LMCC and frequency coordination practices and procedures.  You must not have looked very hard.  WWW.LMCC.ORG is the orginazations website.  All of the FCC certified Land Mobile Radio Service Frequency Coordinators are members of the LMCC, we all have input into the  policies and procedures and I’m pertty sure that we all do our best to follow them explicitly.

While at the LMCC website, under the ADVOCACY tab you can find 20 documents that have been posted within the past three years, including four in 2015.

The ARCHIVES  have LMCC comments, filings, proposed rule makings, letters to FCC Bureaus and adopted coordination/licensing procedures dating back to 1999.

The NEWS tab contains articles back to 2011.

You complain that you can’t get adequate information about coordination standards by reading the FCC Daily Digest. Sir, If you are relying on the FCC Daily Digest you WILL miss the whole picture.  Not everything the LMCC, the NAB, Cable Operators Association and other user groups, consumer groups or manufacturers associations agree to do or develop as policy rises to the level of publication in the Federal Register or the FCC Daily Digest.  In the case of the LMCC, we have tried to keep out policies and practices in front of  the public the best way available, and for over a decade, thats been via the LMCC website.

If you wonder about FCC Regulations, read them, they are easily available.  If  you wonder about LMCC policy click on the website.Just don’t falsley allege that the LMCC and Certified Frequency Coordinators conspire to keep service shops or licensees in the dark.
Kenton E. Sturdevant
Executive V.P.
Forest Industries Telecomm (FIT)
Eugene, OR
Web Site is:
541-485-8441 VOICE
541-485-7556 FAX

The pending closure of about half the FCC Enforcement Bureau Field Offices and the furloughing of agents to save money continues to draw the ire of many licensees and user groups.

Leslie Stimpson of Radio World magazine published a recent summary of events that occurred at a meeting of Public Safety officials…the link is:

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is encouraging the FCC to become more transparent.  His statement released Tuesday, April 21  is as follows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          CONTACT:

April 21, 2015                                                                                     Matthew Berry (202) 418-2005




I commend the continued work of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee to ensure good process and bring greater transparency to the Federal Communications Commission.  The American people are too often left in the dark when it comes to agency decision-making.  In the meantime, favored special interests are able to gain access to “non-public” information.  This is wrong.  The American people have a right to know what their government is doing, and I look forward to working with Congress and my colleagues to make sure that happens.

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