FCC Requests More Information in 800 MHz Rebanding Dispute (7/30/12)
In a de novo review of an 800 MHz rebanding dispute between Mississippi State University (MSU) and Sprint Nextel, the FCC directed the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA) mediator to reopen the record to adduce additional evidence on the feasibility of the radio realignment solution. The parties disagree on the appropriate method of rebanding MSU’s system.
The FCC remanded the matter to the TA mediator for the limited purpose of determining whether the radio realignment solution would satisfy the technical requirements applicable to the National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) band and the FCC’s RF exposure standards. The TA mediator shall reopen the record to collect information on the radio realignment solution in the following fashion:
1) MSU shall select four radios in good working condition corresponding to the four 3-Site Scan radio models and submit those radios to Sprint within five business days of the release date of this order;
2) Sprint, at its expense, shall submit the sample radios to an FCC-approved laboratory of its choice within five business days of the receipt of the radios from MSU, to assess the effects of reduced deviation;
3) The deviation of each radio shall be reduced to 4 kilohertz in the band segment 806 – 813 MHz and then tested to determine compliance with the rules applicable to the NPSPAC band and the FCC RF exposure standards;
4) The laboratory shall then submit the test results to the TA Mediator for entry into the record; and
5) Within 10 business days of receipt of the test report from the laboratory, the TA mediator shall file a supplementary recommended resolution, attaching the laboratory report.
Sprint, at its option, may elect not to implement the testing protocol described above. If it so elects, it shall notify the TA mediator within five business days of the release date of this order, whereupon the record shall be closed and the radio realignment option will be determined not to provide MSU with comparable facilities. The FCC then will issue an order on de novo review consistent with that determination.
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