The FCC is seeking comment on its role in regulating FirstNet, the $7B company Congress authorized to establish the Wireless LTE network for First Responders.
WECAT is organizing a group of WISPs to file comments at the FCC in support of imposing rural construction milestones on FirstNet (to encourage partnering with WISPs to help ensure that this spectrum is utilized) and in a different proceeding, file an ex parte comment calling for the FCC to apply its spectrum screen to limit how much spectrum FirstNet may lease to wireless carriers, to help diminish the likelihood that FirstNet will become dominated by large carriers such as AT&T and Verizon. The deadline for comments at the FCC is May 24th, and a link to the FCC notice is here: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/db0312/FCC-13-31A1.pdf
If you are interested in joining with other WISPs who believe FirstNet is an opportunity to not only leverage existing or future assets like towers and backhaul, but also an opportunity to gain access to licensed 700 MHz spectrum, please contact our counsel Rebecca Rini or Jon Allen of Rini O'Neil, PC for details on how to participate (there is a small fee to join).
Rebecca can be reached at rrini <at> rinioneil.com or direct dial 202-463-4301.
Jon can be reached at jallen <at> rinioneil.com or direct dial 202-955-3933.
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