Washington DOT Waiver Request for 800 MHz Channel Denied
Thursday, December 14, 2017 | Comments

The FCC denied a request for waiver filed by the state of Washington Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate an 800 MHz channel at a base station located less than the minimum required separation distance from co-channel sites licensed to Sprint.

Washington DOT operates a statewide private LMR (PLMR) system on numerous channels in the 800 MHz band. Washington DOT proposed to operate on public-safety pool frequency 859.2125 MHz and business/industrial/land transportation (B/ILT) pool frequency 859.7875 MHz at its new site. It also proposed operating corresponding paired mobile-transmit frequencies 814.2125 MHz and 814.7875 MHz for control station (FX1) operations throughout the state.

The FCC concluded that granting Washington DOT’s request would be premature and would conflict with its rules. Sprint has yet to cancel its remaining licenses in Washington DOT’s National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) region, and the FCC has yet to announce a date upon which it will begin accepting applications for those channels.

“Thus, Washington DOT’s waiver request is essentially a request for early access to a Sprint-vacated channel so it can expand its contour footprint on that channel,” the order said. “Moreover, we find that Washington DOT offers no unique facts or unusual circumstances supporting expansion of its contour footprint on the Sprint channel before the bureau makes it available for licensing in the region through its regular process for releasing Sprint-vacated channels.”

The full order is here.

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