FCC Denies 3 Petitions for Reconsideration
Friday, January 03, 2020 | Comments

The FCC denied three petitions for reconsideration to operate on frequencies that had been terminated. The petitions were from Butler County, Pennsylvania; the Nevada Department of Transportation (DOT); and the Mt. Hope/Funks Grove (Illinois) Fire Department.

Butler County filed a petition for reconsideration after the FCC terminated its 800 MHz call sign WRAE930. The county also requested an extension of time until March 31, 2019, to construct its 800 MHz facilities.

The FCC said the county could and should have filed an extension request before the construction deadline. However, Butler County may file a new, properly coordinated application for a license if it desires to use its previously licensed frequencies. In addition, if it needs to operate while a new application is pending with the FCC, it may file a request for special temporary authority (STA).

The Pennsylvania county’s order is here.

The Nevada DOT filed a petition for reconsideration of the commission’s notice partially terminating the DOT’s license to operate under call sign WPWR989. The DOT had an Aug. 6, 2019, deadline to file a notice of construction for two frequencies under call sign WPWR989.

The FCC said the DOT could have and should have filed an extension request before the construction deadline. However, the department may file a new, properly coordinated application for a license if it desires to use its previously licensed frequencies. In addition, if it needs to operate while a new application is pending with the FCC, it may file a request for STA.

The full Nevada order is here.

The Mt. Hope/Funks Grove Fire Department filed a petition for reconsideration of the FCC’s notice partially terminating the department’s license to operate under call sign WSJ347, but the FCC denied the petition, saying the request doesn’t meet the commission’s waiver standard.

The department had an Aug. 22, 2019, deadline to file a required notice of construction for two frequencies of call sign WSJ347. The commission said the department may file a new, properly coordinated application for a license if it desires to use its previously licensed frequencies. In addition, if it needs to operate while a new application is pending with the FCC, it may file a request for STA.

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