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Top Ten Spectrum Issues for Utilities. October 3, 2012. Wesley K. Wright Attorney Keller and Heckman LLP 1001 G Street NW Suite 500 West Washington, DC 20001 +1 202.434.4296 wright@khlaw.com. Top Ten Spectrum Issues for Utilities. TEN. Number 10: 700 MHz Band . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>Powerpoint Title Here</p> <p>Wesley K. WrightAttorneyKeller and Heckman LLP1001 G Street NWSuite 500 WestWashington, DC 20001+1 202.434.4296wright@khlaw.comTop Ten Spectrum Issues for UtilitiesOctober 3, 2012www.khlaw.comWashington, DC Brussels San Francisco Shanghai www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Top Ten Spectrum Issues for Utilities</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#TEN www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 10: 700 MHz Band Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (passed Feb. 2012)Established First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)Allocated 10 MHz of Spectrum to FirstNetPublic Safety Spectrum (763-768 MHz / 793-798 MHz) D Block (758-763 MHz / 788-793 MHz)Provided $7 billion to assist Public Safety Network Buildout</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 10: 700 MHz BandFirstNet governed by 15-person Board of DirectorsSecretary of Homeland Security, Attorney General and Director of Office of Management and Budget12 remaining appointees named in AugustSamuel Ginn, ChairmanTim Bryan, CEO of National Rural Telecommunications CooperativeNRTC members include rural power cooperatives and telecommunications operators.</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 10: 700 MHz BandNext Steps:FirstNet issues Request for ProposalsTimetable for construction (factoring in rural buildout), coverage areas, service levels and performance criteriaProvide Governor of each StatePlanned buildout natiowide and in the StateFunding level for the StateWithin 90 days, State canParticipate in the Plan and accept funding, orOpt out and conduct its own FCC-approved deployment</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 10: 700 MHz BandUtilities Wishing to Access 700 MHz Spectrum on shared basis with Public SafetyNetwork planning, deployment and operation largely handled on local/State level Reach out to point(s) of contact within State</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Nine www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 9: Microwave AuditThe Act required FCC and GAO to determine whether 11 GHz, 18 GHz and 23 GHz bands are being used efficientlyDetermine number of applications submitted by common carriers for frequency assignments that were not successfully coordinated and filed with FCCUsed by critical infrastructure entities for point-to-point microwave systems www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 9: Microwave AuditFCC Public Notice June 20Comments:AT&amp;T and Sprint: No problems; never required to modify an initial request for a link due to spectrum unavailabilityComsearch: Rejection rate is very small. They are able to accommodate most applicants (private and common carrier) and the bands are efficiently used.GAO expected to issue report assessing whether Govt receives maximum revenue www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Eight</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 8: T-Band Licensing FreezeThe Act calls for the public safety T-Band spectrum (470-512 MHz) to be reclaimed and auctioned by the FCC in the next nine yearsLicensed to Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure entities in major metro areasApril 2012 T-Band Licensing Freeze</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 8: T-Band Licensing FreezeAffected Applications are those that would Increase the degree to which the band is currently licensedApplications for new licensesApplications seeking to add or change frequenciesApplications expand existing footprintNot ImpactedRenewal applicationsDeleting frequenciesChanging number of mobile units www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 8: T-Band Licensing FreezeIf T-Band licensee seeks to modify existing system, seek waiverExtremely high bar to preserve spectral landscape knowing auction on horizon</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Seven www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 7: T-Band NarrowbandingT-Band licensees not required to narrowbandFCC has not determined how or when licenses will be reclaimed and auctioned www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Six www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 6: NarrowbandingAffected LicenseesPublic Safety and Industrial/Business licensees in the 150-174 MHz (VHF) and 421-470 MHz (UHF) bandsBy January 1, 2013Voice Systems: migrate from 25 kHz (wideband) channel to 12.5 kHz (narrowband) channel bandwidth Data Systems: employ technology achieving 4800 bps per 6.25 kHz used www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 6: NarrowbandingData Equivalency Standard: 4800 bps per 6.25 kHz usedEx. Emission Designator 16k (16 kHz-wide channel).Standard applies to channel usedEquipment must be capable of transmitting approximately 12,300 bps (12.3 kbps) www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 6: NarrowbandingFCC Will Not Extend Narrowbanding Deadline1995: original rules adopted1997: narrowbanding equipment available2004: January 2013 deadline announcedNo Filing Fees or Frequency Coordination required for wideband to narrowband modifications www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 6: NarrowbandingImportance of NarrowbandingInterferenceAfter January 1, 2013, non-compliant wideband systems will not be protectedMay interfere with narrowbanded systemsReliabilityCoordinators might ignore noncompliant systems in first quarter of 2013FCC EnforcementPotentially thousands of dollars per day www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 6: NarrowbandingFCC Requested Waivers be filed by Dec. 2011, will be strictly reviewedIf necessary, waiver should address:Steps taken to plan for, initiate and complete narrowbandingSystem SizeWhether system equipment is narrowband capableFunding sourcesWhether schedule is impacted by other systems b/c interoperabilityPlans to minimize impact to co- and adjacent-channel licenseesIf licensee plans to migrate to non-VHF/UHF spectrum (ex. 800 MHz), will it relinquish VHF/UHF spectrumProposed timetable for completion www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 6: NarrowbandingThe narrowbanding rules provide for the eventual migration from 12.5 kHz to 6.25 kHz bandwidthFCC has not set deadline for 6.25 kHz transitionNo deadline is expected for several years www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Five www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 5: 4.9 GHz RulemakingJune 2012: Report and Order and NPRMTo determine if critical infrastructure entities should hold primary licenses in 4.9 GHz bandBand currently allocated to public safety licenseesCritical infrastructure entities may access under sharing arrangements for operations in support of public safetyFCC proposes to remove these restrictions www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 5: 4.9 GHz RulemakingComplement 700 MHz SharingFCC asks whether fixed, backhaul and mobile uses in the 4.9 GHz band could complement 700 MHz public safety broadband spectrumAuthorizing OperationsFCC sought comment on a number of options, including coordination, database registration and regional planning www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 5: 4.9 GHz RulemakingCommentsPrimary Access: Several groups filed in support of primary access to 4.9 GHz band for CII entities700 MHz Sharing: Promoted FirstNet access to 4.9 GHz band to deploy 700 MHz public safety broadband networkAuthorizing: Urged fixed links and database registration or frequency coordination www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Four www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 4: Migratory Birds2/19/08 - D.C. Circuit Court requires FCC to:Address Bird Conservancy request for EIS on towersProvide notice of pending tower applications (not just approvals)4/14/09 - Bird Conservancy files Petition for RMRequire additional environmental protections4/30/09 - FCC requests comment (May 29) and replies (June 15) www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 4: Migratory BirdsMarch 25, 2011 - FCC PN seeks comment on draft rules and interim procedures Local notice prior to obtaining an ASRFCC publish notice of ASR requests on website for 30 days and receive commentEAs required for each proposed tower more than 450 ft for affect on migratory birds (on interim basis) www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 4: Migratory BirdsMarch 2012 Programmatic Environmental AssessmentEvaluated three optionsNo change to ASR programChange to FAA lighting schemeSteady-burning red lights badRequire EAs for towersAll new towers and most modsAll towers near eagle nests or certain bird habitatsAll towers over 450 feet</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 4: Migratory Birds5 million bird deaths from towers annually But only .2 percent of bird deaths from towersFound No Significant Impact at national level under all three optionsBut some significant local impacts may not be mitigated by first two options and option 3cRulemaking Proceeding Expected</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 4: Migratory BirdsInterim Rules Effective June 18 New Procedure:Towers taller than 450 feetEnvironmental Assessment RequiredTowers Requiring ASR, under 450 feetSecure FAA Determination of No Hazard and Marking/Lighting RecommendationPublish Notice in Local NewspaperNational Notice via FCC website for 30 daysAfter 40 days, receive ASR Number www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Three www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 3: Signal BoostersApril 2011 NPRM proposed rules to allow use of fixed and mobile signal boosters for use in conjunction with commercial cellular systems.Proposed allowing customers and building operators to install and operate boosters to extend wireless coverage. www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 3: Signal BoostersVerizon and T-MobilePermit boosters ifDesigned and certified to meet one of two technical safe harbors Registered with the carrier prior to operationAT&amp;T proposalPermit boosters that are licensed and approved by carriers prior to operationSimilar to blanket licensing for mobile handsets</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Two www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 2: TV White SpacesChannels 2-51 (except 3, 4, 37)Space between authorized TV stationsPart 15 UnlicensedGeolocation/database accessSeptember 23, 2010 OrderRemoves sensing requirement</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 2: TV White SpacesNovember 2010 Database managers selected:Comsearch, Frequency Finder Inc., Google Inc., KB Enterprises LLC and LS Telcom, Key Bridge Global LLC, Neustar Inc., Spectrum Bridge Inc., Telcordia Technologies, and WSdb LLCMicrosoft added 2011</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 2: TV White SpacesDecember 2011 FCC begins to certify database administrators Spectrum Bridge, Telcordia certifiedLimited Operations authorized Wilmington, NCApr 5, 2012 FCC releases Order raising fixed station HAAT to 250 meters Made minor changes to emission mask</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 2: TV White SpacesImpacted by Incentive Auctions/Repacking Incentive Auctions would permit broadcasters to turn in portions of spectrum and share in proceeds of auctionFCC considering incentive auction rulesInterest Groups advocating for the preservation of white spaces</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#One www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 1: FCC EnforcementOperation of an Expired LicenseCorporate Mergers and Acquisitions</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 1: FCC EnforcementLicensees must file renewal applications prior to the expiration of the FCC radio license.The Wireless Bureau may refer any late filings to the Enforcement Bureau for investigation and potential penalties.</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 1: FCC EnforcementA utility in Minnesota held four FCC radio licenses and operated for 26 months after they expired.Result: The Bureau issued a $20,800 Notice of Apparent Liability. Utility eventually paid $16,000 to settle the case.</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 1: FCC EnforcementThe Enforcement Bureau recently expressed increased concern regarding mergers and acquisitions of entities holding FCC authorizations.Section 310(d) of the Communications Act prohibits an FCC station license from being assigned or transferred as part of a corporate merger or acquisition without the prior consent of the FCC.</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 1: FCC EnforcementLicensee held 168 Multiple Address Service and two Microwave Industrial/Business Pool licenses.Licensees assets were acquired by a third party.The acquisition resulted in a transfer of control of licensee for which the licensee did not secure the FCCs prior consent.</p> <p> www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Number 1: FCC EnforcementThe licensee entered into a consent decree with the Commission, agreeing to voluntarily contribute $35,000 to the U.S. Treasury and follow a compliance plan for apparent violations of Section 310(d) of the Communications Act www.khlaw.com KELLER AND HECKMAN LLPCopyright 2012#Wesley K WrightAttorneyKeller and Heckman LLP1001 G Street NWSuite 500 WestWashington, DC 20001+1 202.434.4296wright@khlaw.comThank you!!www.khlaw.comWashington, DC Brussels San Francisco Shanghai</p>

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