FCC Extends Comment Deadlines for Reply Comments on 4.9 FNPRM
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 | Comments

The FCC extended the deadline for reply comments on the eighth further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM) on the 4.9 GHz band by 14 days to January 11.

Earlier this month, the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) requested that the FCC extend the deadline for reply comments by 14 days and the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) asked for an extension of 30 days.

Last year, the FCC adopted a framework that would allow states to lease spectrum in the band, which is currently reserved for public-safety use, to non-public-safety entities, but many public-safety entities came out against that plan.

The FCC then vacated that framework and released the eighth FNPRM, seeking comment on ways to protect and optimize public-safety use of the band while allowing sharing of the band. That FNPRM led to a variety of comments from entities across the industry.

The NSA asked for the 14-day extension to allow for organizations to completely review all of the comments submitted in the proceeding and develop “more robust and thoughtful replies” to those comments. The LMCC asked for the 30-day period to allow for organizations to come to a consensus on the band.

The FCC agreed with the LMCC that, with the holidays, a 14-day extension would allow sufficient time to file “meaningful reply comments.” However, the FCC said that 30 days was not necessary in response to the LMCC’s request.

“LMCC’s argument that the additional time might enable parties to achieve consensus is speculative,” the FCC said. “the parties have already had ample time to engage in such discussions.”

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