Marlene H. Dortch, SecretaryFederal Communications Commission445 12th Street, S.W., Room TW-B204Washington, D.C. 20554
Re: Ex Parte Notification
GN Docket No. 17-183
Dear Ms. Dortch:
On January 22, 2018, representatives of the Broadband Access Coalition (“BAC”) met jointly with the following representatives of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“WTB”) and the International Bureau (“IB”): Thomas Sullivan (IB), Jose Albuquerque (IB), Jim Schlichting (IB), Jennifer Gilsenan (IB), Paul Blais (IB), Christopher Bair (IB), Donald Stockdale (WTB), Blaise Scinto (WTB), Peter Daronco (WTB), Thomas Derenge (WTB), Stephen Buenzow (WTB), Ariel Diamond (WTB), and Matt Pearl (WTB, by telephone). On January 22, 2018, representatives of the BAC also met with Commissioner Brendan Carr and his legal advisor Will Adams, and Umair Javed, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Rosenworcel. On January 23, 2018, the BAC representatives met with Erin McGrath, Legal Advisor to Commissioner O’Rielly, and with the following representatives of the Office of Engineering and Technology: Julius Knapp, Michael Ha, Ronald Repasi, Jamison Prime, Paul Murray, Bahman Badipour, Nicholas Oros, Brian Butler, and Barbara Pavon. Representing the BAC at these meetings were Jaime Fink, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Mimosa Networks, Inc. (“Mimosa”); Stephen Coran (for the joint meeting with WTB and IB, and for the meeting with Mr. Javed) and David Rines, counsel to the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association; Michael Calabrese, Director, Wireless Future Program, Open Technology Institute at New America, and the undersigned, counsel for Mimosa.
The BAC representatives discussed their proposal to amend and modernize the Commission’s Rules to enable deployment of high-throughput licensed point-to-multipoint fixed wireless broadband services in the 3700 – 4200 MHz band in a spectrally efficient manner, while protecting incumbent Fixed Satellite Service and Fixed Service incumbents from harmful interference through the existing Part 101 frequency coordination process. The BAC representatives urged the Commission to act as soon as possible to gather accurate data from the FSS industry, and to require earth stations seeking interference protection to register by a date certain. The BAC representatives summarized their specific proposals for the information to be collected. These proposals are set forth in detail in Attachment 1 to this letter.
Please contact the undersigned if you have any questions.
Robert S. Koppel
Lukas LaFuria Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP
8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200
Tysons, VA 22102
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