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Comm. Pai Statement - Pulling AWS-3 Item from Commission Consideration

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Released: July 18, 2014
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See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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July 18, 2014

Matthew Berry (202) 418-2005

Email: Matthew.Berry@fcc.gov

STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

ON THE PULLING OF THE AWS-3 COORDINATION ITEM

FROM COMMISSION CONSIDERATION

When you’re told that you must vote on an item before you can learn what you’re voting on,

something is very wrong. But regrettably, this is just the latest breakdown in process at the Federal

Communications Commission.

Recently, I received a draft order that purported to change some of the AWS-3 geographic

coordination zones adopted by the FCC back in March.1 But there was a catch. The draft did not say

what the relevant new zones would look like. So I asked for the answers to two elementary questions.

How does this document change the zones?

And what are the new zones?

I had thought that these were quite reasonable inquiries. So I was surprised when my requests for

this basic information were denied. Instead, I was told that after the Commission adopted the item, I

would be briefed on the new zones.

My position is simple. I can’t cast an informed vote on new coordination zones if I don’t know

what those coordination zones are. Voting first and then learning about what you’ve voted on is

irresponsible.

Unfortunately, others disagreed; the item was pulled from the full Commission and pushed out at

the Bureau level today.2 This is no way to run a railroad.

1 Amendment of the Commission’s Rules with Regard to Commercial Operations in the 1695–1710 MHz, 1755–1780

MHz, and 2155–2180 MHz Bands, GN Docket No. 13-185, Report and Order, 29 FCC Rcd 4610 (2014).

2 The Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration:

Coordination Procedures in the 1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1780 MHz Bands, GN Docket No. 13-185, Public

Notice, DA 14-1023 (July 18, 2014).

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