FCC Modifies Part 22 Licenses Used by South Dakota Public-Safety System
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | Comments

The FCC modified certain Part 22 VHF/UHF paging licenses operated by State Radio Communications Engineering in South Dakota to facilitate implementation of the South Dakota Interagency Communications System (SDICS), a statewide, interoperable, digital trunked public-safety radio system. This action will enable South Dakota to keep portions of the license areas where it was operating as of the applicable construction deadlines and maintain the functionality of its statewide public-safety network.

The modification order authorized South Dakota to retain the areas in which it is using its Part 22 paging frequencies, with the modified boundaries of the license determined by the formula in the Part 22 rules. The remainder of these specific licensed market areas are terminated and revert to the FCC.

Using the technical parameters of South Dakota’s operations as of the respective construction deadlines applicable to each license, the commission calculated an interfering contour using 22.567(d) and modified the license boundary for each license at issue based on the interfering contour. The interfering contour as calculated defines the modified license boundary for each call sign listed, except where that contour reaches beyond the geographic market boundary. In those cases, the modified license area ends at the market boundary.

Any licenses that do not comply with the Part 22 rules or with the waiver conditions set forth in the order by Aug. 5 will automatically terminate as of that date. The full order is here.

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