FCC Extends Period for Acceptance, Processing of Specific T-Band Applications
Monday, June 21, 2021 | Comments

The FCC extended the deadline for acceptance and processing of specific T-band operations for 180 days.

In January, the FCC released a public notice that created a 90-day period for the acceptance and processing of specific part 22 and part 90 applications from incumbents in the band. Specifically, these applications include:
• Applications for modification of license characterized as minor under the FCC’s rules;
• Applications characterized as major under Part 22 of the rules; and
• Applications governed by Part 90 rules if they propose operation with 12.5 kilohertz bandwidth or narrower channels or employ the narrowband equivalent of a least one channel per 12.5 kilohertz bandwidth for voice and transmission rates of at least 4,800 bits per second per 6.25 kilohertz for data systems operating with bandwidths greater than 12.5 kilohertz.

The 90-day period limiting applications to incumbent licensees was imposed to ensure the orderly resumption of application and licensing processes for the T-band. The FCC said that it finds it in the public interest to extend that period for an additional 180 days. That period now will extend to December 19.

In 2012, the FCC put a freeze on applications in the band after Congress mandated that it auction the T-band spectrum by the 2021. At the end of 2021, Congress repealed that mandate, and shortly after, the FCC lifted the freeze.

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