Telecommunications Industry Association
Public Policy Committee
Spectrum Policy Working Group
Preliminary Report of Meeting
DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, July 27, 2004
2:05 PM – 3:05 PM (EDT)
PLACE: Motorola – Washington DC Office
1350 Eye Street NW, Suite 400
PRESIDING: Mr. Mike Lynch, Nortel Networks
Mary Brown Cisco Systems
Cecily Cohen Nokia
Joe Cramer Lockheed Martin
Bob Hirsch Lucent Technologies
Bob Koppel Texas Instruments
Rob Kubik Motorola
Mike Lynch (Chair) Nortel Networks
Mark Racek (Vice Chair) Ericsson
Paul Schomburg Panasonic
Steve Sharkey Motorola
Bob Speidel Tyco (M/A-COM)
Carl Stevenson Agere
Steve Whitesell Vtech
John Derr TIA
Derek Khlopin TIA
1. Opening Remarks -- The TIA Spectrum Policy Working Group (SPWG) meeting was
opened at 2:05 PM on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 by Chair Mike Lynch (Nortel Networks) followed
by a round of self-introductions.
2. Approval of Agenda/Contribution Review -- The agenda, PPC-SPWG-20040727-001r1,
was reviewed and approved as drafted, with the addition of an item regarding Japan's proposal
to charge a fee to users of devices using unlicensed spectrum. John Derr provided an overview of
the contributions available on the SPWG file transfer protocol ("ftp") site at
3. Approval of Meeting Report from June 1, 2004 -- The meeting report, PPC-SPWG-
20040727-002, was reviewed and approved with the change of showing Bob Koppel (Texas
Instruments) as present. The action item from the June 1 meeting was noted as accomplished.
4. FCC Wireless Broadband Access Task Force Inquiry on Issues Related to Wireless
Broadband Policies (GN Docket No. 04-163)--The Chair reported contribution -003 were TIA's
comments on the WBATF inquiry filed on June 3.
5. FCC NPRM on Unlicensed Operation in the Band 3650-3700 MHz; Additional
Spectrum for Unlicensed Devices Below 900 MHz and in the 3 GHz Band; Amendment of
the Commission's Rules with Regard to the 3650-3700 MHz Government Transfer Band
(ET Docket Nos. 04-151; 02-380, 98-237)--Contributions -012 and -013 were the April 15 FCC
News Release and the NPRM, respectively. The Chair noted comments were due on July 28 and
reply comments on August 27. As mentioned at the previous meeting, TIA does not expect to
file in this proceeding unless there is strong sentiment from the membership.
6. FCC NPRM on Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands; Additional Spectrum
for Unlicensed Devices Below 900 MHz and in the 3 GHz Band (ET Docket Nos. 04-186 and
02-380; FCC 04-113)--John Derr noted contributions -004 and -005 pertained to a May 13 FCC
News Release and the NPRM, respectively, with comments and replies due September 1 and
October 1. [Secretary's note: The FCC subsequently extended the comment and reply dates to
November 30 and December 30, respectively].
Carl Stevenson reported this NPRM was also being considered by IEEE 802.18, with recent
meetings including participation from both broadcasters and the public safety community. There
was a brief discussion relating to a recent filing of a IEEE Project Authorization Request to
develop a new IEEE standard relating to interference for unlicensed devices.
After a brief discussion, there was general agreement the concept of utilizing white spaces for
broadcast was a good one. There was agreement TIA would file in this proceeding, with Bob
Koppel to provide a draft set of bulleted comments for Bill Belt's review.
ACTION: Bob Koppel to provide a draft set of bulleted comments for Bill Belt's
review, with a subsequent distribution to SPWG for review and comment.
7. FCC R&O and FNPRM on New Rules for MDS and IFTS in the 2496-2690 MHz Band--
It was noted that recent intelligence was the order is essentially complete and expected to be
released within the next several weeks.
8. Administration's Spectrum Policy Review--As noted at past meetings, this is related to the
Administration's spectrum policy review announced on June 5, 2003 with two reports due to
President Bush from the Secretary of Commerce within 1 year of the signing on May 29, 2003.
Contributions -006, -007, -008 and -009 provide information related to the completion of the
spectrum policy review, with any further developments to be provided at future meetings.
9. Legislation--With respect to the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act, Derek Khlopin
reported action is still awaited in the Senate and any updates will be noted at the next meeting.
10. Any Other Business (FCC Roundtable on International IP Issues)--The Chair noted that
contribution -010 was the July 21 FCC News Release pertaining to the July 30 FCC Roundtable
and was provided for information.
Japan's Proposal to Charge a Fee to Users of Devices Utilizing Unlicensed Spectrum--Bob
Koppel reported Japan was considering imposing a fee or "tax" on users of devices utilizing
unlicensed spectrum. This would set a bad precedent if implemented. It was noted that various
trade organizations are looking at this issue and it would be beneficial for TIA to take a lead role.
Derek Khlopin noted TIA's International Affairs staff would check with counterparts in Japan
and advise what next steps should be. There was agreement for TIA to circulate comments to
appropriate groups at TIA, with the TIA International Committee also having a significant role.
ACTION: TIA International Affairs staff in the External Affairs & Global Policy
Department to circulate comments to appropriate TIA groups (International
Committee, SPWG) regarding the Japanese proposal to impose a fee on users of
devices utilizing unlicensed spectrum and logical next steps.
11. Next Scheduled Meeting--After discussion, there was agreement to schedule the next full
meeting of SPWG for Wednesday, October 6, 2004 from 2-4 PM EDT in the downtown
Washington DC area, the week after CITEL. As is customary, other collaboration and work on
action items would proceed via correspondence.
12. Adjournment--There being no further business to discuss, the SPWG was adjourned at
3:05 PM on Tuesday, July 27, 2004.
John Derr, Secretary