Industry Experts Lay Course to EBS/BRS Safe Harbors
The FCC requires that all 2600 MHz band BRS and EBS broadband licensees who would must demonstrate that they provide “substantial service” to actual customers no later than May 1, 2011. Failure to meet this requirement will result in forfeiture of the license and the licensee will be ineligible to regain it. Various “safe harbors” are available to licensees wishing to demonstrate substantial service. The BRS and EBS bands are currently being developed by ClearWire and other operators to provide 4G WiMax services.
The FCC Rules and tactical approaches to achieving substantial service were discussed during a recent WCAI webinar, President Fred Campbell, formerly an FCC Wireless Bureau Chief, talked about legal requirements to satisfy FCC substantial service and license protection. Lawrence Behr, CEO of LBA Group, discussed engineering design and hardware solutions to achieve safe harbor compliance that meets or exceeds the threshold of FCC acceptance. He emphasized the short time remaining for compliance, and the “Use It or Loose It!” penalty for non-compliance.
You can view Lawrence Behr’s key points for reaching BRS / EBS substantial service safe harbors in the video above.
LBA Group, through its Lawrence Behr Associates consulting group, counsels licensees on their substantial service compliance. LBA can also furnish complete engineering planning, turnkey deployment services, and FCC documentation for safe harbor facilities.