FCC Partially Grants Cornerstone SMR Petition for Reconsideration
Thursday, March 15, 2018 | Comments

The FCC granted a petition for reconsideration by Cornerstone SMR in part with respect to call sign WPOJ260 and renewed that license. Otherwise, the commission denied the petition and associated waiver request in the 220 - 222 MHz radio service, along with 15 other license renewal applications.

The FCC's rules for 220 MHz licenses require demonstration of construction at five- and 10-year benchmarks, termination upon failure to meet coverage or substantial service obligations by the expiration of the applicable period, and a separate renewal showing of substantial service at the end of the 10-year license term.

The commission said it disagreed with Cornerstone that a licensee can meet the substantial service renewal standard without providing some actual service even if the licensee has constructed facilities that were fully operational, with a willingness to sell services. Cornerstone also argued that meeting the end-of-term substantial service renewal requirement for one of its 16 licenses can justify renewal for all of them. “Cornerstone failed to include this argument in its earlier pleadings,” the order said. “We therefore reject it on that basis.”

The FCC also disagreed with Cornerstone's waiver request. The full order is here.

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