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ITA merges with AMTA, becomes Enterprise Wireless Alliance

WASHINGTON-Come Friday, the Industrial Telecommunications Association is set to become the Enterprise Wireless Alliance as it expands its focus and merges with the American Mobile Telecommunications Association. "New and innovative technologies that promote enterprise business productivity, the ability to compete effectively and contribute to...

Groups oppose 900 MHz apps freeze

WASHINGTON—After complaining that a subsidiary of Nextel Communications Inc. was trying to gobble up the remaining available spectrum in the 900 MHz band, the Industrial Telecommunications Association is asking the government to lift a freeze put on 900 MHz band applications. But the association...

Groups oppose FCC’s 900 MHz application freeze

WASHINGTON-After complaining that a subsidiary of Nextel Communications Inc. was trying to gobble up the remaining available spectrum in the 900 MHz band, the Industrial Telecommunications Association has filed a petition for reconsideration of a freeze put on 900 MHz band applications. "ITA does...

Shark to exit AMTA

WASHINGTON-Alan Shark is resigning as president of the American Mobile Telecommunications Association to become executive director of Public Technologies Inc., a nonprofit association that promotes technology benefits to local governments."We are very excited to have the experience and creative energy of Dr. Shark at...

Shark to exit AMTA

WASHINGTON-Alan Shark is resigning as president of the American Mobile Telecommunications Association to become executive director of Public Technologies Inc., a nonprofit association that promotes technology benefits to local governments. "We are very excited to have the experience and creative energy of Dr....

ITA, AMTA to coordinate paging, special-emergency frequencies

WASHINGTON-The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau said Thursday it had certified the Industrial Telecommunications Association and the American Mobile Telecommunications Association as frequency coordinators in the 929-930 MHz paging frequencies and the special-emergency frequencies below 512 MHz."After careful consideration of the information before us, we...

AMTA calls for papers

ATLANTA-AMTA 2004 has issued its final call for papers for the technical symposium scheduled for Oct. 17-22 at the Evergreen Conference Resort in Stone Mountain Park, Ga. Authors are invited to submit a 200-word abstract for review by May 9.

There is consensus behind Consensus Plan

Dear Editor, In response to Tracy Ford's opinion piece on interference: In regards to the statement referring to the Consensus Plan as being controversial (no disagreement here!) that "there is not much consensus behind the plan." I respectfully take issue. The fact that public-safety...

Technical solution to 800 MHz interference gets closer look

WASHINGTON-The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association's board of directors could vote this week on a new 800 MHz public-safety interference plan strongly supported by mobile-phone carriers but at odds with business interests of the trade group's outgoing chairman, Nextel Communications Inc. President and CEO...

AMTA joins forces with the Licensing Assistance Office to create two-way dealer council

WASHINGTON—The American Mobile Telecommunications Association and the Licensing Assistance Office have entered into a strategic alliance to effectively represent and promote the interests of independent two-way radio dealers, AMTA announced on Wednesday.LAO, based in Gettysburg, Pa., is a membership organization that provides licensing and...

SMR operators fear interference problems escalating

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-As Federal Communications Commission reform moves forward and mobile-phone issues continue to dominate the agency's wireless agenda, small dispatch radio operators say they face an escalating interference problem that may have wider implications for national spectrum policy as more and more entities are...

Morgan O’Brien: Idea man

With equal parts experience and foresight, Morgan O'Brien took a simple concept 14 years ago and made it into a reality that has changed the shape of the wireless industry as we know it today. He is often thought of as the "idea guy" behind...

SMR industry far from dead

Dear Editor,RCR Wireless News recently ran the SMR Special Report in the Nov. 13 issue. Upon careful reading, it more properly should have been called the Nextel Special Report. I was surprised and disappointed by the negative tone of one leading headline "SMR-centric regulatory...

700 MHz sale postponed

WASHINGTON-The Federal Communications Commission last week delayed the auction of commercial licenses in the 700 MHz band, while proceeding with plans to auction licenses for guard-band managers and proposing service rules for public-safety uses on the same band.The FCC originally intended to hold two...

AMTA to take over frequency coordination from ATA

WASHINGTON-Refuting rumors of slowing revenue growth and decreasing membership, the American Mobile Telecommunications Association said last week it is taking over the frequency coordination duties of the American Trucking Association."There isn't that much money for frequency coordination. What we are adding to the party...

FCC lowers minimum bids for guard-band auction

WASHINGTON-The Federal Communications Commission has reduced the minimum bid amounts for the June 14 auction of 104 guard-band licenses in the 700 MHz band.The maximum opening bid will now be $623,000 for the two megahertz license and $1,245,000 for the four megahertz license. Both...

FCC creates guard band managers for 700 MHz

WASHINGTON-The Federal Communications Commission late Thursday said it would create "guard-band managers" as licensees for spectrum being set aside to protect public-safety users in the 700 MHz band.The FCC is creating two guard bands to protect public safety from interference. One license will be...

AMTA wants rules changed on 800 MHz relocation costs

WASHINGTON-The American Mobile Telecommunications Association has asked the Federal Communications Commission to change its rules as to when incumbents in the upper 800 MHz band can be paid for relocation costs."It is imperative that the FCC move promptly to reverse this decision since any...

AMTA: We’re on the same side

Dear Editor: I'd like to offer a short response to Scott Adam's letter to the editor in your Nov. 8 edition, "Protected spectrum counters efficient use of spectrum."I believe Mr. Adams is much closer to AMTA's position than he realizes. The purpose of the petition...

WIRELESS LOBBYING BIG BUSINESS

WASHINGTON-When it comes to spending money to open doors and change hearts and minds in official Washington, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association is King of the Hill.As a wireless trade association, CTIA is without peer-a lobbying juggernaut. Money appears to be no object. In...

AMTA RECOGNIZES CHANGES IN INDUSTRY

Dear Editor: I feel a need for clarification is in order regarding an unfortunate factual error appearing in your Oct. 4 issue. While the headline was correct "Associations decry AMTA auction plan," AMTA is not seeking 10 megahertz for commercial use only, thus implying to...

ASSOCIATIONS DECRY AMTA AUCTION PLAN

WASHINGTON-Twenty-three organizations representing a broad cross section of American industry blasted an American Mobile Telecommunications Association proposal to auction a big chunk of the 450-470 MHz band and reserve only a small slice of it for private wireless users.The industry coalition, which includes the...

D.C. NOTES: DIRECT CONNECT

If you want clout in Washington, the only thing better than being a top board member of either of the two largest wireless trade associations is not being a member of the two largest wireless trade associationsAsk Nextel Communications Inc. It's not a member...

INTERCONNECTED ANALOG SMRS ARE SUBJECT TO CALEA

WASHINGTON-The Federal Communications Commission ruled analog specialized mobile radio operators must comply with the digital wiretap act, even though there are no technical guides for them to follow.Currently, when law enforcement wants to tap an analog interconnected SMR, officers are given a cloned handset,...

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