FCC Denies N.J. Town’s UHF T-Band Frequency Request (7/26/12)
The FCC denied an application and waiver request from the borough of Roselle Park, N.J., to operate on three 470 – 512 MHz band (T-band) frequency pairs in the TV channel 20 band. Specifically, Roselle Park requested a waiver to short-space its proposed base station to adjacent channel TV station WLIW, channel 21, Garden City, N.Y., and co-channel TV station WCCT-TV, channel 20, Waterbury, Conn.
Roselle Park also requested a waiver because it proposed to operate more than 50 miles outside Philadelphia, the maximum distance allowed under the FCC’s rules. A frequency coordinator said here were no available 450 – 470 MHz frequencies in New Jersey. Roselle Park said access to channel 20 T-band frequencies would enable it to serve its own community and to communicate with two neighboring police and fire departments that use T-band.
In April, the FCC also announced a limited suspension of acceptance and processing of certain applications for Part 22 and 90 services operating in the 470 – 512 MHz T-band spectrum. The suspension followed the signing of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Spectrum Act) into law, mandating that nine years after the date of enactment, the FCC shall reallocate T-Band spectrum “currently used by public-safety eligibles.”
“In light of the Spectrum Act and in accordance with the suspension notice, we find that Roselle Park’s application would, if granted, increase the degree to which the T-band is currently licensed because the application is for a new license,” the FCC order said. “Therefore, we deny Roselle Park’s waiver request and dismiss the application.”
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