FCC Denies Wisconsin Petition for Part 22 Licenses for Public-Safety System, Grants Partial Waiver
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | Comments

The FCC denied a state of Wisconsin petition for reconsideration that asked the commission to reconsider its denial to extend the deadline for filing its construction notifications for 25 Part 22 paging licenses operating as a part of Wisconsin’s statewide, interoperable public-safety communications network.

Wisconsin asked that the FCC either grant an extension of time in which to file construction notifications, accept its earlier 2016 construction notifications, or allow the state to file a petition for waiver of its construction requirements.

The FCC said it affirmed its earlier finding that Wisconsin makes no showing that an extension is warranted and did not satisfy the construction requirement for the licenses at issue.

However, the commission said the public interest supports a partial waiver of the construction requirements for 14 of the 25 licenses at issue, as well as of relevant technical rules to the extent necessary to permit continued operation of the frequencies that were in use as of July 3, 2017.

“We also find that the public interest supports a limited grant of special temporary authority (STA) to operate while the state brings the system into compliance with our rules,” the order said. “In light of these waivers, we propose to modify the geographic license area for the 14 licenses that are the subject of the partial waiver. The technical waivers are conditioned on Wisconsin obtaining consent of relevant other licensees.”

The full order is here.

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