FCC Denies 2 UHF T-Band Requests (8/8/12)
The FCC denied two waiver requests to operate on 470 – 512 MHz band (T-band) frequencies. In April, the commission issued a public notice announcing a limited suspension of the acceptance and processing of certain T-band applications.
The County of Bedford, Pa., filed two applications and request for waiver for authority to operate on TV channel 18 band (494 – 500 MHz). Specifically, Bedford seeks a waiver to operate more than 80 kilometers (50 miles) outside Pittsburgh, the maximum distance allowed under the commission’s rules.
“In light of the Spectrum Act and in accordance with the suspension notice, we find that Bedford’s applications would, if granted, increase the degree to which the T-band is currently licensed because the applications are for new licenses,” the order said.
Separately, the town of Sandwich, Mass., filed an application and request for waiver to modify its authorization for UHF T-band public-safety station WQDB454. Specifically, Sandwich requested a waiver because it proposes to operate a mobile relay station more than 80 kilometers (50 miles) outside Boston, the maximum distance allowed under the FCC’s rules.
“We deny Sandwich’s waiver of Section 90.305(a) because, as explained in the suspension notice, it is not in the public interest for us to expand further T-band encumbrance, especially into areas where Part 90 of the commission’s rules does not permit the requested T-band operation,” the FCC said.
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