FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 7, Pages 4843 to 5761, March 28 - April 08, 2011 Page: 5,004
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Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of )
Improving Public Safety Communications in the ) WT Docket 02-55
800 MHz Band )
Relinquishment By Sprint Nextel of Channels in )
the Interleaved, Expansion, and Guard Bands )
Adopted: March 31, 2011 Released: March 31, 2011
By the Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau:
1. In this order, we grant the February 11, 2011, Request for Waiver filed by Sprint Nextel
Corporation (Sprint), in which Sprint asks that the Commission modify the requirement that Sprint vacate
its non-border spectrum holdings' in the 800 MHz "Interleaved Band" (809-815/854-860 MHz) by March
31, 2011.2 Specifically, as Sprint requests, we extend the deadline in nine non-border NPSPAC 800 MHz
Public Safety Regions until March 31, 2012.' We retain, however, the requirement that Sprint relinquish
"Stage 2" (809.5-810.5/854.5-855.5 MHz) channels4 in the nine NPSPAC regions on an accelerated basis.
2. In the 800 MHz Report and Order, the Commission ordered the rebanding of the 800
MHz band to resolve interference between commercial and public safety systems in the band.s As one
element of rebanding, Sprint agreed to vacate all of its 800 MHz spectrum holdings in the "Mid-Band"
(809-817/854-862 MHz) that were not otherwise used to accommodate rebanding of 800 MHz
incumbents.6 The Commission further provided that the vacated channels in the Interleaved Band portion
of the Mid-Band would be made exclusively available for new licensing to public safety for three years
' For this purpose, we define "non-border spectrum" to include spectrum in NPSPAC public safety regions in Waves
I through 3 and in non-border portions of the Wave 4 regions where licensees subject to rebanding received
replacement frequency assignments from the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA) prior to June 26, 2008.
2 Request for Waiver, filed by. Sprint Nextel Corporation, February 11, 2011 (Sprint Petition).
4 See infra 4.
s Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band, WT Docket No. 02-55, et al., Report and Order,
Fifth Report and Order, Fourth Memorandum Opinion and Order, and Order; 19 FCC Rcd 14969 (2004) (800 MHz
Report and Order). See also Supplemental Order and Order on Reconsideration, 19 FCC Rcd 25120 (2004) (800
MItz Supplemental Order); Memorandum Opinion and Order, 20 FCC Rcd 16015 (2005); Second Memorandum
Opinion andt Order, 22 FCC Red 10467 (2007).
6 800 MH Report and Order, 19 FCC Rcd at 15046-47 146.
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