FCC Drops Eight-Year-Old Proposal to Expand LMS
The existing Location and Monitoring Service rules
are sufficient, the FCC says, so it will no longer pursue new rules for the
902–928 MHz band.
That’s according to a report by legal
firm Fletcher Heald & Hildreth. The communications law firm states on its
blog that the FCC
has abandoned LMS rule changes proposed in 2006.
Back then, the law firm explains, the FCC issued a notice of
proposed rulemaking for this part of the spectrum, which is also used by Part
15 unlicensed operations, “including many millions of consumer,
commercial and industrial devices.” Amateur radio operations also use that spectrum, though ham radio is “secondary” to LMS. The Part 90
Location and Monitoring Service was launched in 1995, “before the days of inexpensive
GPS as a way of locating fleet vehicles,” Fletcher Heald noted.
would have broadened the number of services possible under an LMS
generated a lot of filings from existing manufacturers
and users, many
citing fears of interference. In a new order the FCC now has dropped the matter.