FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 7, Pages 4843 to 5761, March 28 - April 08, 2011 Page: 5,179
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1% PUBLIC NOTICE
Federal Communications Commission NewsMedia nformation 2021418-0
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Released: April 8, 2011
PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU PROVIDES
GUIDANCE FOR SUBMISSION OF REQUESTS FOR WAIVER OF THE APRIL
14, 2011 DEADLINE FOR COMPLETION OF 800 MHZ REBANDING IN
REGIONS ALONG THE U.S.-CANADA BORDER
Bureau Extends U.S. - Canada Border Application Freeze Dates
WVT Docket No. 02-55
By this Public Notice, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) establishes
procedures and provides guidance for submission of requests for waiver of the April 14, 2011 rebanding
deadline for 800 MHz licensees in or affected by the Canada Border Region (CBR). Rebanding
commenced in regions adjacent to the Canada border pursuant to the Second Report and Order in WT
Docket 02-55 released May 9, 2008.'
Any 800 MHz licensee in or affected by the CBR (CBR Licensee) that will require additional
time past April 14, 2011 to complete rebanding2 must request a waiver of the deadline from the Bureau.3
The guidance in this Public Notice is intended to expedite the preparation and submission of waiver
requests by licensees and the review of waiver requests by the Bureau, consistent with the Commission's
overarching goal of ensuring that rebanding is accomplished in a reasonable, prudent, and timely manner.
As the Commission has noted before: "Requests for extension [of 800 MHz rebanding] will be
subject to a high level of scrutiny. Licensees will be expected to demonstrate that they have worked
diligently and in good faith to complete rebanding expeditiously, and that the amount of additional time
requested is no more than is reasonably necessary to complete the rebanding process.'
' Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band, New 800 MHz Band Plan for U.S. - Canada
Border Regions, WT Docket 02-55, Second Report and Order, 23 FCC Red 7605 (PSHSB 2008), amended by
Erratum, May 28, 2008.
2 Licensees that have completed physical reconfiguration of their systems by April 14, 2011 will be deemed to have
met the deadline. Such licensees remain responsible after the deadline for promptly submitting final rebanding cost
documentation to Sprint Nextel Corporation and/or the Transition Adminsitrator and modifying their licenses to
delete pre-rebanding channels.
SSee, e.g., Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band, WT Docket 02-55, Third Memorandum
Opinion and Order, 22 FCC Red 17209, 172224 48 (2007) (800 MHz 3d MO&O). Failure to seek a waiver may
result in a licensee being required to pay its own rebanding costs based on a determination that the licensee has
caused unjustified delay or has otherwise failed to meet its obligation to implement rebanding in good faith.
4 See Federal Communications Commission Provides Guidance for Submission of Requests for Waiver of June 26,
2008 Deadline for Completion of 800 MHz Rebanding, WT Docket 02-55, Public Notice, 23 FCC Rcd 664 (2008).
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