FCC Rejects Challenge to 800 MHz Rebanding Jurisdiction

May 22, 2017–The Policy and Licensing Division in the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau today issued a memorandum opinion and order denying the state of Indiana’s motion that the agency vacate a briefing order in a dispute between the state and Sprint Corp. over “an impasse in negotiating the costs to be reconciled as part of the closing of their Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement” for 800 megahertz rebanding.

The order released today also rejected the state’s contention that the FCC does not have jurisdiction in the dispute. The order in WT docket 02-55 directed Indiana and Sprint representatives to meet “under the auspices of the Transition Administrator TA Mediator, within ten business days of the release date of this Memorandum Opinion and Order to conclude the closing and reconciliation of the Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement consistent herewith and that such meeting shall continue from business day to business day until the parties conclude that process.”

Courtesy TRDaily