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FCC Drops Eight-Year-Old Proposal to Expand LMS

Location services share that spectrum with federal radiolocation systems, ISM, hams and unlicensed Part 15 users

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.

The 2006 proposal would have broadened the number of services possible under an LMS license. That 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.