LMCC Asks FCC to Extend Window for T-Band Incumbents to Modify Systems
Friday, December 10, 2021 | Comments

The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) asked the FCC to extend the deadline for T-band incumbent users to modify existing systems or apply for new facilities.

That current deadline is December 19, but the LMCC asked the FCC to extend the deadline to June 30. The LMCC argued that a public notice released by the FCC identifying TV stations that T-band applicants must protect has caused issues to incumbent licensees.

“Attempting to accommodate the many television stations on that public notice that do not actually require protection because the stations have been taken out of operation or because they are transmitting on digital channels that are not affected by T-band systems has discouraged incumbents from filing certain applications,” the LMCC’s letter said. “It has required others to modify their system parameters to less than optimal configurations that they plan to adjust when and if the protected television station list is corrected.”

The LMCC said that extending the filing window through June would give the FCC enough time to resolve the issues around the protected station list.

“The LMCC is sensitive to the unique issues that incumbent licensees are facing,” LMCC President David Smith said. “Therefore, the delay we are requesting is absolutely essential.”

Last December, Congress repealed a mandate that the FCC auction the T-band spectrum by 2021, and earlier this year, opened a filing window to allow incumbents to modify or expand their systems. Those users had been unable to for around eights due to a freeze put on the band in response to the mandate.

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