WTB And OET Seek Comment On Progeny's M-LMS Field Testing Report
Federal Communications Commission
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Released: February 14, 2012
THE WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU AND THE OFFICE OF
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY SEEK COMMENT ON PROGENY’S M-LMS FIELD
WT Docket No. 11-49
Comment Date: March 15, 2012
Reply Comment Date: March 30, 2012
seeking to demonstrate, pursuant to 47 C.F.R. § 90.353(d) of the Commission’s rules,1 that its
Multilateration Location and Monitoring Service (M-LMS) network does not cause unacceptable levels of
interference to Part 15 devices in the 902-928 MHz band.2 The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
and the Office of Engineering and Technology seek comment on Progeny’s filing.
On December 20, 2011, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Office of Engineering
and Technology released an Order (“Waiver Order”) in WT Docket No. 11-49, which granted Progeny’s
request for limited waiver of two rules but did not revise other interference-related requirements
applicable to M-LMS licensees.3 We noted in particular that Section 90.353(d) of the rules requires that
Progeny demonstrate through actual field tests that its M-LMS system will not cause unacceptable levels
of interference to Part 15 devices in the 902-928 MHz band.4 As an additional condition of the Waiver
Order, we required Progeny, once it had completed design of its M-LMS system but prior to commencing
commercial operations, to file a report in WT Docket No. 11-49 that provides details of the M-LMS
1 See 47 C.F.R. § 90.353(d). Section 90.353(d) of the rules requires that certain M-LMS licenses are “conditioned
upon the licensee’s ability to demonstrate through actual field tests that their systems do not cause unacceptable
levels of interference to 47 CFR part 15 devices.” Id.
2 Letter from Bruce A. Olcott, Counsel to Progeny LMS, LLC to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal
Communications Commission, Part 15 Test Report and M-LMS Network Description, WT Docket No. 11-49 (filed
January 27, 2012) (hereinafter Progeny’s “filing” or “report”). The reference line on page 1 of the filing states:
“Progeny LMS, LLC Demonstration of Compliance with Section 90.353(d) of the Commission’s Rules WT Docket
3 Request by Progeny LMS, LLC for Waiver of Certain Multilateration Location and Monitoring Service Rules, WT
Docket No. 11-49, Order, DA 11-2036, ¶ 25 (rel. Dec. 20, 2011) (“Waiver Order”). In particular, as discussed more
fully in the Waiver Order, we waived two subparts of the applicable rules, Sections 90.155(e) and 90.353(g). Id. at ¶
4 Waiver Order at ¶ 29.
system design, describes the process by which it carried out the field testing, including the particular types
of Part 15 devices tested, and demonstrates that its M-LMS system will not cause unacceptable levels of
interference to Part 15 devices that operate in the 902-928 MHz band.5 We are hereby placing Progeny’s
filing on public notice for comment, as indicated in the Waiver Order.6
Progeny’s filing includes details of its system design and a report on field tests. The filing sets
forth a “number of factors” that Progeny claims have contributed to an absence of unacceptable
interference to Part 15 devices from its M-LMS network.7 Progeny states that “Progeny’s M-LMS
network provides an optimal co-existence opportunity for the 902-928 MHz band.”8 Progeny asks the
Commission “to help make its position location service expeditiously available to the public by promptly
concluding that Progeny may commence commercial operations.”9
Interested parties may file comments on or before March 15, 2012, and reply comments on or
before March 30, 2012. All filings should refer to WT Docket No. 11-49. A copy of Progeny’s filing is
available on the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) in WT Docket No. 11-49.
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See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
5 Id. at ¶¶ 29, 35.
6 Id. at ¶ 29. We noted that, if no significant interference concerns are raised, we will notify Progeny that it may
commence commercial operations. Id.
7 See Progeny’s filing at 2-4.
8 Id. at 4.
9 Id. at 4 (footnote omitted).
10 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.
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