June 13 Substantial Service Deadline for 700 MHz Narrowband State Licensees
Thursday, April 25, 2019 | Comments

The FCC provided guidance to licensees of state channels in the 700 MHz public-safety narrowband spectrum (769 – 775/799 – 805 MHz), regarding their upcoming final substantial service benchmark showing. Licensees of state channels must demonstrate by June 13 that they are providing or prepared to provide “substantial service” to two-thirds of their population or territory.

The commission designated 96 channel pairs of 12.5-kilohertz bandwidth in the 700 MHz narrowband spectrum for public-safety use by states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Each state licensee receives a geographic area license for those channels, covering the geopolitical boundaries of its jurisdiction.

The FCC established a five-year interim benchmark and a 10-year final benchmark for state licensees to establish specified levels of substantial service within their statewide license areas. The due date for the 10-year final benchmark showing is June 13. By this date, state licensees must certify that they are providing or are prepared to provide substantial service to two-thirds of their population or territory.

Substantial service is defined as the construction and operation of facilities on state channels, which is “sound, favorable and substantially above a level of mediocre service which just might minimally warrant renewal.” The construction and operation of facilities means that a state licensee has constructed facilities on state license channels that are operational as of the date of certification.

The full notice is here.

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