FCC Offers Update on 700 MHz State Licenses for Narrowband Voice
Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Comments

The FCC said 38 states with 700 MHz state licenses achieved the final 10-year substantial service showing, according to an update from the Association of Public-Safety Communications Official (APCO) International.

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

The commission also 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. 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 10-year benchmark showing was June 13.

Forty state licensees satisfied the five-year interim substantial service showing, and one state licensee requested an extension of the June 13 10-year deadline. Five state licensees had their final substantial service showings granted, and 35 more are still under review by the FCC.

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