2,100 Part 22 Paging Licenses Canceled for Lack of Service
Monday, October 17, 2016 | Comments

More than 2,100 Part 22 paging licenses terminated automatically Nov. 3, 2015, the FCC said in an order denying construction deadline extension requests from Intelligent Transportation & Monitoring Wireless, Skybridge Spectrum Foundation and V2G.

The entities filed on Nov. 3, 2015, to extend the five-year construction deadline for 2,132 Part 22 economic-area paging licenses for an additional five years to Nov. 3, 2020. The paging licensees were the winning bidders in Auction 87 with most authorized to provide service in the 35 and 43 MHz paging bands, several authorized to provide service in the 931 MHz paging band, and seven authorized to provide service in the 929 MHz paging band.

The FCC said that the licensees did not provide actual service in their licensed areas, and this failure was not caused by circumstances beyond their control. Extensions would not serve the underlying purpose of the construction and coverage requirements, and licensees did not show unique or unusual circumstances that would warrant waiver of the construction deadlines, the commission said.

“The claimed due diligence, conceptual plans and other factors described in licensees filings are voluntary business decisions that do not support an extension of the construction deadlines, and allowing licensees to continue to hold the paging licenses without constructing facilities or providing any actual service would undermine the purpose of the commission’s rules and Section 309(j) of the Communications Act,” the order said.

The full order is here.

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