U.S. Court Denies Effort to Stall FCC’s Controversial Spectrum Plan
The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit denied a request that it stay the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC, the Commission) April 2020 6 GHz decision.
UTC, along with the Edison Electric Institute, American Public Power Association, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, last month lodged the request with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit asking it to stay the order’s implementation (Industry Intelligence, Sept. 14, 2020).
An international organization representing public safety entities also sought a stay of the FCC order.
In its decision, the court said the groups seeking the stay did not meet the “stringent requirements” for such an action.
The court’s decision sets the initial procedural framework for the broader-case on the legality of the 6 GHz order. UTC’s focus is now on the litigation of the order itself.
In response to media requests, UTC President and CEO Sheryl Riggs issued the following statement:
“We are disappointed with today’s decision by the Court to deny a stay of the effectiveness of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC, the Commission) order allowing unlicensed operations in the 6 GHz band. The FCC’s order threatens to cause harmful interference to mission-critical communications in the 6 GHz band used by utilities, public safety, and other vital users. We do, however, appreciate the court’s prompt action and look forward to continuing our judicial appeal of the FCC’s order.”
Please contact the UTC Public Policy Team with any questions.