FCC Denies Part 22 Construction Extension for Maine Public- Safety Network
Monday, October 22, 2018 | Comments

The FCC denied a request for extension by the state of Maine to extend the construction deadline for 10 Part 22 paging licenses and found that Maine did not satisfy the construction requirement for those licenses. Maine operates the licenses as a part of the Maine State Communications Network (MSCommNet), a statewide, interoperable public-safety communications network.

However, the commission granted a partial waiver of the construction requirements and of relevant technical rules to permit continued operation on the Part 22 paging frequencies in use as of Sept. 1, 2017. The FCC also supported a limited grant of special temporary authority to operate while Maine brings the system into compliance with FCC rules.

In light of these waivers, the FCC also proposed modifying the geographic license area for the 10 licenses at issue. The technical waivers are conditioned on Maine obtaining consent of relevant other licensees and completing required international coordination within six months.

“We conclude that such relief is in the public interest given the unique factual circumstances involved and that the conditions will promote use of spectrum for important public-safety functions, while protecting against harmful interference to adjacent licensees,” the order said. The full order is here.

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