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FCC Announces Application and Licensing Procedures for 800 MHz Spectrum Relinquished by Sprint Nextel

November 18, 2010

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FCC Announces Application and Licensing Procedures for 800 MHz Spectrum Relinquished by Sprint Nextel

November 18, 2010

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On December 16, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will begin accepting applications from public safety entities for the licensing of channels in the 809.5-815/854.5-860 portion of the 800 MHz band (channels 251-470) that have been relinquished by Sprint Nextel in non-border National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) Regions.

Licensing of these channels will be limited to public safety entities for the next three years (until December 16, 2013), and to public safety eligible entities and critical infrastructure industry eligible entities for years four and five (from December 16, 2013 to December 16, 2015).  Generally, entities that provide utility services qualify as critical infrastructure industry eligible entities.  After this initial five year period, the channels will be available for licensing by all Part 90 eligibles.

Parties may use the FCC’s “Vacated Channel Search Engine” (which is accessible at http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchLicense.jsp) to identify specific channels that are available for licensing.  The FCC will update this search engine on a regular basis with additional information regarding available channels as Sprint Nextel and other licensees cancel or modify their licenses.

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