Comments Sought on Waiver Request for School Bus Company (6/20/12)
The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau are seeking comment on First Student’s request for waiver of the Jan. 1, 2013, VHF and UHF narrowbanding deadline. First Student seeks a 12-month extension of the deadline, until Jan. 1, 2014, for 279 private land mobile radio (PLMR) stations throughout the United States.
First Student is a division of FirstGroup America (FGA). FGA is North America’s largest school bus transportation services company, which transports 6 million students to and from school every day. Its operations include more than 600 locations and a fleet of approximately 50,000 buses.
In order to comply with the PLMR narrowbanding mandate, FGA plans to reprogram, replace and otherwise update its entire radio systems investments, which will require replacement of 12,000 radios and reprogramming of 18,000 radios. FGA will narrowband 24 systems per month, and expects to complete narrowbanding for 180 call signs by the end of 2012. It requests an extension of the narrowbanding deadline for the remaining stations subject to the Jan. 1, 2013, deadline because the national scope and complexity of its system will keep FGA from timely completing its narrowbanding efforts.
Comments are sought from parties whose operations could be impacted by the waiver being granted. Comments are due no later than July 9. Reply comments are due no later than July 19. All filings should reference the docket number of this proceeding, WT 99-87.
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