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November 15, 2018 | Comments
The FCC took steps to facilitate the continued deployment of earth stations used to provide satellite-based services on ships, airplanes and vehicles by advancing proposals to create a regulatory framework for non-geostationary orbit satellites (NGSOs) to communicate with these earth stations.

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November 15, 2018 | Comments
Mississippi Department of Transportation submitted a petition for reconsideration of the FCC placing six microwave licenses — call signs WQIL884, WQIP742, WQJK904, WQJK960, WQYA402 and WQJK961 — in termination pending status. The FCC dismissed the petition in part and granted it in part.

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November 15, 2018 | Comments
Orange County (New York) Department of Emergency Communications filed a petition for reconsideration of the FCC’s notice of termination of Orange County’s license to operate on 800 MHz frequencies under call sign WQYF322. Orange County also requested an extension of time until July 30, 2018, to construct its 800 MHz facilities. The FCC denied the petition and extension request.

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November 15, 2018 | Comments
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department (MTAPD) is constructing the Metropolitan Regional Radio System (MRRS), a 700 MHz public-safety narrowband network to support transit police operations on MTA facilities in the New York metropolitan area. The commission granted MTAPD a five-year extended construction period to construct the system, which ended Dec. 31, 2017. MTAPD Dec. 12, 2017, submitted an instant request to extend the construction period by an additional two years through Dec. 31, 2019.

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November 15, 2018 | Comments
The Ad Hoc Refiners Group told FCC officials that availability of 900 MHz LMR spectrum to support trunked networks at their refineries is critical, and the group does not support mandatory relocation of existing 900 MHz LMR systems within the bands. Representatives from Phillips 66 and Exxon Mobil participated in the teleconference.

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November 15, 2018 | Comments
The FCC granted in part the European Commission’s request for a waiver of the commission’s rules so that non-federal devices in the United States may access specific signals transmitted from the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) Galileo.

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November 14, 2018 | Comments
The FCC began its first-ever high-band 5G spectrum auction. Bidding began on spectrum in the 28 GHz band (Auction 101) and will be followed by bidding for spectrum in the 24 GHz band (Auction 102).

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November 13, 2018 | Comments
A new report offers recommendations for how the FCC and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) can free additional mid-band spectrum, which the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) said will be crucial for next-generation networks.

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November 13, 2018 | Comments
The FCC accelerated the transition to 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) in a fourth report and order. ELTs are radio beacons that are carried on board aircraft and triggered in the event of a crash or other unplanned downing.

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November 13, 2018 | Comments
The FCC denied a state of Wisconsin petition for reconsideration that asked the commission to reconsider its denial to extend the deadline for filing its construction notifications for 25 Part 22 paging licenses operating as a part of Wisconsin’s statewide, interoperable public-safety communications network.

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