FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 7, Pages 4843 to 5761, March 28 - April 08, 2011 Page: 5,006
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* Stage 3: Channels in the 810.5-812/855.5-857 MHz block to be made available in each region
when 50% of old NPSPAC channels are clear in the region.
* Stage 4: Channels in the 812-814/857-859 MHz block to be made available in each region
when 75% of old NPSPAC channels are clear in the region.
* Stage 5: Channels in the 814-816/859-861 MHz block to be made available in each region
when 90% of old NPSPAC channels are clear in the region.
* Stage 6: Channels in the 816-817/861-862 MHz Guard Band block to be made available in
each region when 100% of old NPSPAC channels are clear in the region."4
5. In addition, the Commission established March 31, 2010 as a backstop deadline for
Sprint to relinquish all of its remaining non-border spectrum in the Interleaved Band, i.e., all channels
below 815/860 MHz, regardless of whether rebanding in non-border regions had met the above thresholds
by the deadline."
6. On January 27, 2010, Sprint filed a waiver request, asking the Commission to waive the
March 31, 2010 backstop deadline for relinquishing all non-border Interleaved Band channels in 21 of 46
non-border NPSPAC Regions.'6 On March 31,2010, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
(Bureau) granted partial relief, extending the deadline in these 21 regions until March 31, 2011.17 We
extended--instead of eliminating--the deadline as an incentive for Sprint to fully cooperate with
relocating licensees in the completion of rebanding, to provide public safety with certainty regarding
when vacated channels would become available to meet public safety demand, and to further the
Commission's goal of increasing the spectral separation between Sprint and public safety." In addition,
we required Sprint to relinquish Stage 2 channels in the 21 NPSPAC regions on an accelerated basis, by
lowering the threshold for Stage 2 clearing from 25 percent to 10 percent. This was done for two reasons:
first, to meet the demand for new public safety spectrum in these regions while maintaining incentives for
public safety licensees to timely complete rebanding, and second, to avoid significant harm to Sprint's
7. On February 11, 2011, Sprint filed the instant Request for Waiver, asking the
Commission to extend, until March 31, 2012, the deadline for relinquishing non-border Interleaved Band
channels in nine non-border NPSPAC Regions.2 Sprint contends that, although there has been
14 Id. at 15972-73 17.
16 See Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band. Relinquishment by Sprint Nextel of
Channels in the Interleaved, Expansion. and Guard Bands, WT Docket No. 02-55, Order, 25 FCC Red 3270 (2010)
(2010 Vacated Spectrum Waiver Order).
7 Id. The Bureau granted a waiver for the following NPSPAC Regions: I - Alabama; 6 - Northern California; 8 -
New York Metro; 9 - Florida; 14 - Indiana: 16 - Kansas; 18 - Louisiana; 19 - New England; 20 - Maryland,
Washington, DC, Northern Virginia; 27 - Nevada; 28 -New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware; 31 -North
Carolina ; 34 - Oklahoma; 36 - Western Pennsylvania; 37 - South Carolina; 39 - Tennessee; 40 - Dallas, Texas; 42
- Virginia; 49 - Austin, Texas; 51 - Houston, Texas; 54 - Chicago Metro.
"s Id at 3274 13.
9d. at 14.
20 Sprint Petition at 2. Sprint seeks relief for the following nine NPSPAC Regions: 1 - Alabama; 6 - Northern
California; 8- New York Metro; 9- Florida; 18- Louisiana; 20- Maryland, Washington, DC. Northern Virginia;
40 - Dallas, Texas; 51 - Houston, Texas; 54 - Chicago Metro. Id at n.4.
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