The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau sought comment today on a request for an extension of time or a waiver to give 700 megahertz band guard band A-block licensees additional time to make their “substantial service” construction showing. Comments are due Sept. 6 and replies Sept. 21 in WT docket 17-201. The request was filed by FELHC, Inc., BPC Spectrum LLC, Dominion 700 Inc., and Access 700 LLC. “The license terms in this case expire on June 13, 2019.
The parties explain that the licenses will be deployed as a private, internal radio system to support utility operations and the reliable monitoring and control of electrical equipment at thousands of locations across several states,” a public notice observed. “The parties seek an extension of time or waiver until Dec. 31, 2022, to transition from legacy copper communications facilities to the planned 700 MHz Guard Band A Block-based wireless system. In addition, the parties seek clarification regarding the construction metric that will be used to demonstrate compliance with the substantial service performance requirement.”