FCC Provides Guidance for State License Deadline of June 13 (4/7/14)
Monday, April 07, 2014 | Comments

The FCC provided guidance to licensees of state channels in the 700 MHz narrowband spectrum (769 – 775/799 – 805 MHz), regarding their upcoming interim substantial service benchmark showing. The state licensees must demonstrate by June 13 that they are providing or prepared to provide “substantial service” to one-third of their population or territory.

The notice includes recommended details to include with the interim benchmark filing. State licensees that don’t meet the interim substantial service benchmark, because they failed to construct or receive funding for any facilities by the deadline, will be subject to license cancellation or modification, and recovered state license spectrum will revert to general use subject to regional planning, the commission said.

“Bureau staff will issue subsequent guidance to regional planning committees to facilitate the licensing of any recovered state license spectrum,” the notice said.

The commission designated 96 channel pairs (12.5-kilohertz bandwidth) in the 700 MHz narrowband spectrum for use by states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Each state licensee received a geographic area license covering the geopolitical boundaries of its jurisdiction.

The commission established a five-year interim benchmark and a 10-year final benchmark for state licensees to establish specified levels of substantial service within their statewide license areas. The due date for the five-year interim benchmark showing is June 13.

The full notice is here.

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