PHI Requests Substantial Service Extension for 931 MHz Paging Licenses
Friday, September 15, 2017 | Comments

The FCC is requesting comment on a PHI Service Co. request for an extension of time or waiver of the performance requirement applicable to certain of its 931 MHz paging geographic area licenses.

Pursuant to the FCC’s rules, a geographic area paging licensee must construct sufficient facilities to cover two-thirds of the population or demonstrate that it is providing “substantial service” in the area no later than five years after initial grant.

In this case, PHI elected to show substantial service for the licenses at the five-year deadline, previously extended to July 3, 2017. PHI said that the licenses are being used to support critical smart grid applications and distribution automation requirements of its affiliated energy delivery companies.

PHI seeks an extension of time until Dec. 31 to complete construction and demonstrate substantial service for the licenses.

In addition, on Aug. 1, PHI filed a request for extension of time to construct its paging license identified by call sign WQMT945. PHI also elected to show substantial service for this call sign at the five-year deadline, which was previously extended to Aug. 1, 2017.

PHI said that call sign WQMT945 is being used to implement a UHF data network to support critical smart grid applications. PHI seeks an extension of time until Dec. 31 to complete construction for call sign WQMT945.

Comments are due Oct. 16, and reply comments are due Oct. 31.

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