The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) regarding the 2.5 Ghz (EBS) spectrum is forthcoming.  Refer to this page often for updates and other information related to the upcoming NPRM and its impact on the EBS community.


APTS Urges FCC to Preserve EBS Requirements
APTS Urges FCC to Preserve EBS Requirements

America’s Public Television Stations met with the FCC to discuss the proposal of removing educational requirements for stations wishing to operate through the 2.5 GHz band.

Educational Associations Raise Concerns Over Broadband Service Misperceptions

Two groups representing the interests of Educational Broadband Service (EBS) licensees today expressed their concern about misperceptions concerning EBS. The National EBS Association (NEBSA) and the Catholic Technology Network (CTN), which represent the interests of a large number of EBS licensees, challenged recent claims that licensed EBS spectrum is underutilized and questioned the feasibility of a proposal to auction the spectrum in an effort to close the “homework gap”. 

NEBSA Benton Foundation Article
NEBSA Benton Foundation Article

NEBSA Article on EBS Issues Published by Benton Foundation

NPRM on Transforming the 2.5GHz Band – Reply Comments Presented to FCC

On September 7th, NEBSA and CTN, on behalf of their respective associations (or memberships), have filed Joint Reply Comments to the FCC which addressed and responded to numerous important EBS issues in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Transforming the 2.5GHz Band.

NPRM on Transforming the 2.5GHz Band – Reply Comments Due September 7, 2018

NEBSA urges membership to be involved by joining a group filing reply comments (you should check with your FCC attorney about that), or by filing your own individual comments in support of the positions taken by the NEBSA and CTN Joint Comments.

NEBSA and CTN File NPRM Comments

NEBSA files NPRM Comments

NEBSA Collecting Comments on Proposed Rulemaking

NEBSA continues to gather data on educational services, technology utilization, populations served and community impact of EBS licensees.  We would appreciate your input by July 16, 2018 to ensure information received is reviewed prior to the NPRM comment filing deadline.

NEBSA NPRM Webinar Video Available to Members

The video of the NEBSA EBS NPRM webinar is available for viewing by NEBSA members.  Login to your member account and the webinar will be the first item under the MEMBERSHIP menu at the top of the page.

FCC Grants Extension of EBS Rulemaking Comment and Reply Deadlines

The FCC released an Order granting an extension of the comment and reply comment deadlines in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).  Comments may be made until August 8th, 2018 and replies through September 7, 2018.

What Licensees Need To Know - NEBSA Webinar - June 20, 2018
FCC Starts Clock on New Proposed EBS Rules: What Licensees Need To Know - NEBSA Webinar June 20, 2018 - 2:00 - 3:30  P.M. (Eastern)
Attend this NEBSA Regulatory Update to learn more about the FCC's recently released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the EBS/2.5 GHz band. 
EBS NPRM Published In Federal Register

The NPRM has been published in the Federal Register, thus establishing the schedule for comments and replies, which will be due Monday, July 9 and Monday, August 6, respectively.  NEBSA encourages all licensees to participate in the process.

EBS Users - We Need Your Impact Stories

With the recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the FCC,  telling your stories and sharing your data driven impact is greatly needed!

FCC Record of Public Filings Regarding EBS NPRM

FCC record of filings for the "Transforming the 2.5GHz Band" Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, WC Docket No. 17-108.

FCC 18-59 - EBS Notice of Proposed Rule Making

FCC 18-59 - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band

FCC Adopts EBS NPRM at Open Meeting

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at their May, 2018 Open Commission Meeting, unanimously adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing rule changes to promote more efficient and effective use of 2.5 GHz spectrum.

FCC to Hold Open Commission Meeting on Transforming EBS

The Federal Communications Commission has scheduled Thursday, May 10 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT to hold an Open Meeting on Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band.  The FCC will be streaming the meeting live. 

Analyzing the Draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Details

The FCC has released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in a proceeding titled “Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band” (WT Docket No. 18-120), with the intention of officially initiating the rule making proceeding at its open meeting scheduled for May 10, 2018.  The draft NPRM proposes changes to the rules relating to existing Educational Broadband Service (EBS) stations, as well as new rules to govern the licensing of currently vacant EBS spectrum across the country.

FCC CIRC1805-02 - Draft EBS Notice of Proposed Rule Making

FCC CIRC1805-02 - Transforming the 2.5 GHz Band
Draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 

EBS Spectrum on the Agenda for May 10th FCC Meeting

FCC Chairman Pai announces a May 10th meeting to vote on a proposal allowing more efficient and effective use of the 2.5GHz EBS band.  Currently almost half the EBS spectrum is unlicensed, mostly in rural areas.

NEBSA 2018 Conference Attendees Updated on Possible FCC NPRM

NEBSA 2018 conference attendees were provided insight and information through Washington based experts representing EBS licensees and wireless operators.   A focus on regulatory and legislative matters impacting EBS licensees along with the anticipated FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) were reviewed.