Miami-Dade’s 800 MHz Rebanding Extension Request Denied, 90 Days to Finish
Monday, July 02, 2018 | Comments

The FCC denied a waiver request by the Miami-Dade County, Florida, to extend its 800 MHz rebanding deadline and ordered the jurisdiction to complete all rebanding activities with Sprint within 90 days.

Miami-Dade had requested additional time to return legacy equipment to Sprint Nextel and to remove pre-banding channels from about half of its 15,000 subscriber units, a process called a “second touch.”

The FCC said 800 MHz rebanding in the nonborder areas is now “substantially” complete. The Transition Administrator (TA) reported that more than 2,100 licensees have retuned their systems and commenced operations on their postrebanding frequencies. 800 MHz licensee requests for extensions are subject to “a “high level of scrutiny.”

The commission said Miami-Dade has fallen short of justifying its waiver request as required by the FCC’s rules. “It has neither exhibited the diligence that the commission requires before a waiver request can be granted nor justified the extent of the delay it requests,” the order said.

The FCC said Miami-Dade and Sprint are required to fulfill all of their remaining rebanding obligations and execute all closing documents, including certification of completion, no later than 90 days following the release date of the order.

June 26, 2008, was the original deadline for completion of rebanding in nonborder regions of the country. Last week, the state of Washington, along the Canadian border, .

Find the full order here.

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