FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 11, Pages 8850 to 9847, July 30 - August 17, 2012 Page: 8,929
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Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of )
FIRST STUDENT, INC. ) WT Docket No. 99-87
Request for Waiver of Section 90.209(b) of the )
Commission's Rules )
Adopted: July 31, 2012 Released: July 31, 2012
By the Deputy Chief, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and Deputy Chief, Policy
and Licensing Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau:
1. Introduction. We have before us the request of First Student, Inc. (First Student),' a
division of FirstGroup America (FGA), for a temporary waiver until January 1, 2014, of the
Commission's VHF/UHF narrowbanding deadline, which requires private land mobile radio (PLMR)
licensees in the 150-174 MHz and 421-512 MHz bands to operate using channel bandwidth of no more
than 12.5 kHz or equivalent efficiency by January 1, 2013.2 First Student seeks the extension for 279
PLMR stations throughout the United States.' For the reasons set forth below, we grant the request.
2. Background. FGA is North America's largest school bus transportation services
company and transports 6,000,000 students to and from school every day. Its operations include more
than 600 locations, and a fleet of approximately 50,000 buses. In December 2011, FGA completed a
communications system inventory audit, and concluded that compliance with the PLMR narrowbanding
mandate will require replacement of 12,000 radios and reprogramming of 18,000 radios.' FGA
commenced the process in April 2012 and plans to narrowband twenty-four systems per month.5 It
' See Request for Waiver of FCC Narrowbanding Requirement (filed May 4, 2012) (Request); Electronic
Communications dated June 9, 2012, from Jennifer A. Thullen, Senior Commodity Specialist, First Student, to Scot
Stone, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Supplement). On June 19, 2012, comment was
sought on the narrowbanding waiver request. See Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Public Safety and
Homeland Security Bureau Seek Comment on First Student, Inc. Request for Waiver of the January 1, 2013 VHF-
UHF Narrowbanding Deadline, Public Notice, WT Docket No. 99-87, DA 12-959 (WTB MD/PSHSB PD rel. June
19, 2012). Enterprise Wireless Alliance filed supporting comments on July 9, 2012.
2 47 C.F.R 90.209(b); see also Implementation of Sections 309(j) and 337 of the Communications Act of 1934 as
Amended; Promotion of Spectrum Efficient Technologies on Certain Part 90 Frequencies, Third Memorandum
Opinion and Order and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order, WT Docket No. 99-87, RM-
9332, 19 FCC Red 25045 (2004). On April 26, 2012, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Public Safety and
Homeland Security Bureau, and Office of Engineering and Technology waived the January 1, 2013 narrowbanding
deadline for 470-512 MHz band frequencies. See Implementation of Sections 309(j) and 337 of the Communications
Act of 1934 as Amended; Promotion of Spectrum Efficient Technologies on Certain Part 90 Frequencies, Order, WT
Docket No. 99-87, RM-9332, 27 FCC Red 4213 (WTB/PSHSB/OET 2012).
* A list of call signs for which First Student requests a waiver is contained in the Supplement. Most of the stations
are licensed to First Student, but approximately one hundred of the call signs are held in the name of the school
district or the local communications provider.
* Request at 2.
SId. at 3.
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