FCC Approves 900 MHz Freeze Waiver Modification for Texas Utility
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Comments

The FCC granted a waiver modification request filed by Flint Hills Resources (FHR) Corpus Christi for a waiver granted in September regarding the current 900 MHz application freeze.

In June, FHR requested a waiver of the 900 MHz freeze to file applications for 33 channels in the 900 MHz narrowband segment for use in its updated system. In the original request, the refinery said it plans to replace its legacy system with a new 900 MHz system, which it plans to implement in parallel with the existing system to ensure uninterrupted service. All of the new channels requested by FHR would be located in the segments that would continue to be used for narrowband operations under the commission’s proposal.

FHR argued that grant of its applications and waiver requests would eliminate the need to rebuild its communications system twice. The company said it will return all 33 licensed 900 MHz channels to the FCC after it transitions to the new system.

In the latest filing, FHR said its equipment supplier delayed delivery of the radio building housing FHR’s infrastructure equipment until Dec. 10, causing additional construction delays and preventing FHR from meeting the Dec. 31 license cancellation deadline. FHR therefore requested until March 10 to cancel the legacy licenses.

The full order is here.

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