FCC Rules on 5 Public-Safety License Petitions, Extension Requests
Friday, December 21, 2018 | Comments

The FCC ruled on several petitions and requests for extensions specific to licenses from jurisdictions across the country through the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB).

The city of Long Beach, California timely applied to extend the construction deadline applicable to its 700 MHz trunked public-safety station, call sign WQNH254, until June 2019. The FCC granted the city’s application and extended its construction deadline until June 17.

The city has 10 operational channels and four channels remaining to complete its system using approved grant funding, but it said the state of California’s review of the city’s sole source request caused delays. Therefore, the city requested additional time to implement the remaining four channels.

The full Long Beach order is here.

The municipality of Yauco, Puerto Rico timely filed a petition for reconsideration of the FCC’s notice of termination of Yauco’s license to operate on three VHF frequencies under call sign WQHB319. The commission granted the petition and returned the authorization to active status.

In May, Yauco filed the instant petition stating that it had placed the facilities into operation in November 2017, but because of the damage to Yauco’s municipal infrastructure inflicted by Hurricane Maria, including damage to license records and the lack of electrical power, Yauco was unable to file a timely notice that the WQHB319 facilities had been constructed.

The full Yauco order is here.

The Broward County, Florida, Board of County Commissioners filed a petition for reconsideration of the FCC’s notice terminating Broward County’s license to operate on two of the six UHF frequencies authorized at two locations, all under call sign WQXH402. Broward County also requested an extension until Dec. 31, 2018, to construct all six UHF locations. The commission denied the petition but partially granted the extension request.

Broward County said it overlooked the need to timely file a request to modify its license to seek a construction extension. The county said that the stations associated with call sign WQXH402 will be used for a fire station alerting system, and it had received two previous extensions of time to construct. Those extensions were premised on the fire station alerting system being procured concurrently with new countywide Project 25 (P25) radio, microwave and paging systems, which resulted in delays in the procurement process. Broward County also attributed construction delays to nine months of negotiation with the fire station alerting system vendor and the difficulty of securing backhaul connectivity for the system’s sites.

The county has since executed a contract with the fire alerting system vendor and is implementing the system.

The FCC said that if the county desires to continue using its UHF frequencies at the referenced two locations associated with call sign WQXH402, it must file a new, properly coordinated modification application. In addition, if the county needs to operate at these two locations while the modification application is pending with the commission, it must file a request for special temporary authority (STA).

The termination affected only two locations. The other four locations in the county’s system had not reached termination pending status at the time the county filed the instant petition. Therefore, the county’s request in its petition for a construction extension for the other four locations was timely, and the FCC extended the construction deadline for facilities at the other four locations until Dec. 31, 2018, the date requested by the county.

The full Broward County order is here.

The town of Cromwell, Connecticut, filed a petition for reconsideration of the FCC’s notice of termination of Cromwell’s license to operate on VHF frequencies under call sign KJJ377. Cromwell also requested an extension of time to construct its facilities. The FCC denied the petition and extension request “because Cromwell could have and should have filed an extension request before the construction deadline,” the order said.

Cromwell may file a new, properly coordinated application for a license to use its previously licensed frequencies. In addition, if Cromwell needs to operate while a new application is pending with the commission, it may file a request for STA.

The Cromwell order is here.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WDOT) filed an untimely petition for reconsideration of the FCC’s notice of termination of WDOT’s license to operate on path three of call sign KYT62. The construction deadline for WDOT’s station was Feb. 28. The FCC dismissed the petition as late filed.

WDOT may file a new, properly coordinated application for a license if it desires to use its previously licensed frequency. In addition, if WDOT needs to operate while a new application is pending with the commission, it may file a request for STA, the order said.

The WDOT order is here.

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