FCC Extends LA-RICS Construction Deadline for 77 T-Band Licenses
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | Comments

The FCC agreed to extend the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) construction completion date for 77 UHF (T-band) licenses until Dec. 31, 2018.

In support of its extension request, Los Angeles County said it has made considerable progress but has not advanced the project as quickly as believed by the commission in its 2014 order, where it extended the construction deadline until the end of 2016. The county reported that it started construction of the channel 15, 16 and 700 MHz narrowband channels for the LA-RICS LMR system and has spent more than $50 million, including $36.3 million paid to Motorola Solutions and about $13.7 million paid to LA-RICS project management contractor Jacobs Engineering.

The county said the latest extension until December 2018 “represents a reasonable amount of time for completion under the circumstances.”

“Due to the freeze on new T-band applications, the requested extension will not harm potential new applicants,” the FCC order said. “Given these special circumstances, we find that strictly enforcing the Dec. 21, 2016, deadline would be inequitable and contrary to the public interest, as cancellation of the county’s licenses would strand investment of tax and federal grant dollars and would squander facilities already under construction.”

The full letter is here.

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