Pennsylvania, FirstEnergy Request Sharing VHF Channels
Monday, November 04, 2019 | Comments

The FCC is seeking comment on a joint request by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and FirstEnergy to either find that the scope of a waiver granted to the petitioners in 1999 authorizes them to share both 800 MHz and VHF channels on their systems or amend the 1999 waiver to allow the entities to share both 800 MHz and VHF channels on their systems.

Petitioners ask that the FCC confirm that their 1999 waiver permits adding VHF frequencies to their shared system, asserting that the waiver grant language; “including any stations they subsequently add to the system,” contemplates the addition of VHF channels.

The FCC seeks comment on whether the quoted language, considered in context, applies only to the addition of 800 MHz facilities as opposed to both 800 MHz and VHF facilities.

The entities’ alternative request for relief is an amendment to the 1999 waiver to allow them to add VHF channels to their shared systems. Petitioners request that the waiver apply to the VHF channel licensees listed in the appendix and “to any future stations that may be added later . . . to avoid the unnecessarily burdensome administrative task of refiling a waiver request each time a site is constructed or modified.”

Comments are due Dec. 2, and reply comment are due Dec. 17. The full notice is here.

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