1 Narrowbanding Waiver Request Denied, 3 Requests Granted (8/10/12)
The FCC denied one request and granted three requests for extensions of the VHF and UHF narrowbanding deadline.
The FCC denied a request from Lake Tahoe, Calif., for a two-year extension to the mandate deadline mainly because of financial reasons. “Based on the record before use, we conclude that Lake Tahoe has not presented sufficient facts to meet the high standard for grant of the request waiver,” the order said. “While we are sympathetic to Lake Tahoe’s fiscal situation, it has failed to show that its circumstances are sufficiently unique or unusual to meet the waiver standard.”
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clients received a waiver until Dec. 31, 2013, of the deadline. The university operates a paging system for hospital personnel using two authorizations. In its request, the licensee said it is in the process of deploying a new system that will allow staff to use cell phones, smartphones and tablets as an alternative to pagers, but this system may not be fully installed by January 2013.
Pittsylvania County, Va., gained an extension until Aug. 30, 2013, of the narrowbanding deadline. Harris received a $10 million contract from Pittsylvania County, Va., to deploy a public-safety Project 25 (P25) Phase 2 system at 700 MHz. The county anticipates it will complete the transition by July 31, 2013. Once the transition is complete, the county will relinquish six of its eight VHF frequencies and narrowband the other two.
The FCC granted the request of Monterey County, Calif., to extend its narrowbanding deadline until July 1, 2013. The county is moving to a Harris P25 network but the system isn’t scheduled for final acceptance until Aug. 5, 2013.
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