• EWA Files Comments on 800MHz Spectrum Leasing
  • May 22, 2017 | Authors: Albert J. Catalano; Timothy A. Doughty; Michael T. N. Fitch; C. Douglas Jarrett; Gregory E. Kunkle; Thomas B. Magee; Tracy P. Marshall; Kathleen M. Slattery; Wesley K. Wright
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • The Enterprise Wireless Alliance suggested in an ex parte filing that M2M Spectrum Networks LLC violated the Commission’s rules by leasing large amounts of 800 MHz spectrum. EWA argues that M2M exceeded the number of trunked and conventional channels permitted for lease under the FCC’s rules through a unique partnership with Smartcomm License Services, LLC, an affiliate of M2M. EWA alleges that M2M obtained leases from licensees who, prior to receiving solicitation from Smartcomm, had no experience in wireless telecom. According to EWA, these licensees explained that Smartcomm offered to prepare and file SMR applications on their behalf and provide the necessary equipment and site leases. In addition, EWA alleges that the licensees were referred to M2M for all “post-licensing assistance,” and that the licensees believe M2M will build the system using its own equipment. For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle ([email protected]; 202.434.4178).