The Federal Communications Commission sought comment, in connection with the incentive auction and repacking process reported in previous posts, on whether to relocate wireless medical telemetry service (“WMTS”) users from the 608-614 MHz spectrum band, known as Channel 37, or allow unlicensed devices to coexist with WMTS on Channel 37. The proposal elicited comments by a wide range industry players:
- Motorola Mobility and WISPA supported the proposal to move WMTS off of Channel 37.
- GE Healthcare, The WMTS Coalition, and Philips Healthcare opposed both proposals, arguing that the FCC should not relocate wireless medical telemetry service off of Channel 37 and should not allow unlicensed operations and WMTS use to coexist on Channel 37.
- Boeing, White Space Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance, Public Interest Spectrum Coalition, Anant Sahai, Broadcom, WISPA, and xG Technology argued that unlicensed use and WMTS use could be harmonized on the same spectrum band.
The Commission will accept reply comments on this and other issues raised in connection with the incentive auction and repacking proposals until March 12, 2013.