Dear AeroMACS friends,
The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a Public Notice (PN) in response to the WiMAX Forum’s AeroMACS Petition for Rulemaking. I am writing to ask you to submit supportive comments to the FCC. Initial Comments are due August 18, and responses are due to the FCC no later than SEPTEMBER 5, 2017. I have provided filing instructions at the bottom of this email. As you know, this is a very high priority for the AeroMACS community.
The PN highlights a few issues for comment, which we have addressed in our Petition. I take the liberty of addressing them briefly here again:
Finally – we ask you to URGE THE COMMISSION TO TAKE ACTION QUICKLY. The WiMAX Forum has spent the better part of a year and a half discussing the elements of this Petition with interested stakeholders, and we salute the Commission for highlighting the key areas for consideration and comment. In your comments to the Commission, we ask you specifically to urge the FCC to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with proposed service rules. The AeroMACS spectrum has been available for some time now and many equipment manufacturers have commercial kits available for deployment. Our labs are currently certifying two manufacturers’ equipment for compliance to AeroMACS standards. More equipment manufacturers are lining up to certify and deliver to the market innovative products and services dependent on AeroMACS spectrum being available. Many airports are waiting on the FCC Rulemaking to commence their own pilots and deployments. We believe there is broad consensus on the value of this spectrum to our ecosystem, and we urge you to ask the Commission to move quickly.
I thank you in advance for your consideration. This has been a long road, but one which has a clear and positive end in sight. With your help, we believe 2018 will be a very strong year for AeroMACS deployments in the USA. I remain completely at your disposition should you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Filing Instructions: Comments may be filed electronically with the FCC at the following link: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2. Please make sure to enter RM-11793 in the field for “Specific Proceeding.” I have taken the liberty of preparing a template letter of support which some may find helpful. To access and use our template please click at the following: AeroMACS Template. If you use this template, I encourage you to personalize your letter.
I would be delighted to speak with any of you should you care to discuss this personally. You may contact me at info@WiMAXForum.org.
Please accept the assurances of our highest regards,
About the WiMAX Forum
The WiMAX Forum is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that certifies and promotes the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products based upon IEEE Standard 802.16. The WiMAX Forum’s primary goal is to accelerate the adoption, deployment and expansion of WiMAX, AeroMACS, and WiGRID technologies across the globe while facilitating roaming agreements, sharing best practices within our membership and certifying products. WiMAX Forum and WiGRID Certified® products are interoperable and support broadband fixed, nomadic, portable, and mobile services. The WiMAX Forum works closely with service providers and regulators to ensure that WiMAX Forum Certified systems meet customer and government requirements. For more information, visit www.wimaxforum.org.