Washington, D.C., Of Counsel Lee Petro and Government Relations Director Julie Scott Allen published an article in Law 360 titled, “Relocation Steps for Wireless Medical Telemetry Users.”

The article notes that the Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs Creation Act of 2012 gave the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the authority to conduct auctions of spectrum currently assigned to television broadcasters for future wireless broadband uses. The act sets aside a portion of the auction revenues for the possible relocation of Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) users, affecting hospitals and health systems.

Lee and Julie discuss the background and current status of the spectrum and say there are steps that current WMTS hospital users should take to ensure that they can participate in the FCC’s future plans.

They say all WMTS users of the spectrum should take is to ensure that they have registered their use of the spectrum with the WMTS frequency coordinator as it will be important for the coordinator to have accurate information to provide to the FCC.

They note that “the impact of these changes could be far greater on rural or community hospitals with far more limited resources to make equipment adjustments to meet new requirements.” 

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