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Released: April 12, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

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DA 13-705

Released: April 12, 2013

PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU EXTENDS 800 MHZ

APPLICATION FREEZE FOR CERTAIN WAVE 4 BORDER AREA NPSPAC AND NON-

NPSPAC LICENSEES ALONG THE U.S.-CANADA BORDER

WT Docket No. 02-55

By this Public Notice, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) extends the
freeze on the filing of new non-rebanding related 800 MHz applications along the U.S.-Canada border
until October 15, 2013, but only in the NPSPAC regions listed in the attached Appendix. This extension
of the freeze on non-rebanding applications is needed to preserve vacant channels for licensees re-tuning
their systems according to the reconfigured band plan adopted by the Bureau for licensees operating along
the U.S.-Canada border.1
The Bureau established a thirty-month transition timetable, beginning October 14, 2008, for
Wave 4 800 MHz licensees in the U.S. - Canada border regions to complete band reconfiguration.2
During this transition, licensees operating in the U.S. - Canada border regions are required to engage in
planning and to negotiate and enter into Frequency Relocation Agreements (FRAs) with Sprint Nextel
Corp. (Sprint) to transition to the new band plan.3 Coincident with adoption of the thirty-month transition
timetable, the Bureau froze acceptance of new 800 MHz applications during the planning and negotiation
period.4 The purpose of this application freeze was to preserve the spectral landscape in the U.S.-Canada
border region while the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA) determined replacement channels for
relocating licensees.5 That freeze was later reinstated and extended until April 15, 2012.6


1 See Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band, New 800 MHz Band Plan for U.S. - Canada
Border Regions, WT Docket 02-55, Second Report and Order, 23 FCC Rcd 7605 (PSHSB 2008).
2 See Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces that the 30-Month Transition Period for 800 MHz
Band Reconfiguration in Regions Along the U.S.-Canada Border will Commence on October 14, 2008, WT Docket
No. 02-55, Public Notice, 23 FCC Rcd 14877 (PSHSB 2008) (US-Canada Border Rebanding PN).
3 Id. at 14878.
4 Id. at 14878-79.
5 See Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band, WT Docket 02-55, WT, Memorandum
Opinion and Order
, 20 FCC Rcd 16015, 16057 ¶ 97 (2005).
6 See Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Reinstates 800 MHz Application Freeze for Wave 4 Border Area
NPSPAC and Non-NPSPAC Licensees Along the U.S.-Canada Border, WT Docket 02-55, Public Notice, 25 FCC
Rcd 11049, 11049-50 (PSHSB 2010). See also Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Extends 800 MHz
Application Freeze for Wave 4 Border Area NPSPAC and Non-NPSPAC Licensees Along the U.S.-Canada Border,
Public Notice, 27 FCC Rcd 12340 (PSHSB 2012).

As of this date, many border region licensees have yet to complete their system re-tunes.
Accordingly, to preserve currently vacant channels for use by these licensees and avoid potential
licensing conflicts that could delay rebanding, we have determined that temporarily extending the freeze
in four border-area NPSPAC regions is in the public interest.
We therefore are extending the freeze on acceptance of non-rebanding applications for 800 MHz
licenses but only in the NPSPAC Regions listed in the Appendix. This freeze also applies to those
stations located within seventy miles of the borders of the NPSPAC Regions listed in the Appendix. Note
that the freeze on the acceptance of non-rebanding applications is no longer needed in NPSPAC Region
30 (Eastern Upstate NY) and Region 36 (Western PA). Thus, as of the date of this Public Notice, we lift
the freeze in and within seventy miles of these two NPSPAC regions.
The freeze applies only to applications for new facilities or modification applications that involve
a change of frequency or expand a station’s existing coverage area.7 Applications that have no effect on
frequency or coverage (e.g., administrative updates, assignments/transfers, and renewal-only applications)
are exempt from the freeze.8
In addition, for good cause shown, licensees may seek Special Temporary Authorization (STA) to
expand their facilities or add channels during the freeze, based on an appropriate showing of public
interest need as described in the Bureau’s December 2006 STA Guidance Public Notice.9
For further information, contact: Brian Marenco, Policy Division, Public Safety and Homeland
Security Bureau, at (202) 418-0838 or Brian.Marenco@fcc.gov.
Action by the Deputy Chief, Policy Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.
– FCC –


7 US-Canada Border Rebanding PN, 23 FCC Rcd at 14879.
8 Id.
9 See Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Provides Guidance for Public Safety Licensees With Regard to
License Application and Special Temporary Authorization Procedures and Payment of Frequency Relocation Costs
for Public Safety Facilities Added During 800 MHz Band Reconfiguration, WT Docket No. 02-55, Public Notice,
21 FCC Rcd 14658 (PSHSB 2006).
2

APPENDIX

NPSPAC Regions Along U.S. - Canada Border Subject to Freeze

NPSPAC Region
Description of Region10
21
Michigan
33
Ohio
43
Washington State
55
Western Upstate NY


10 Regions that are only a portion of a state or states are defined by counties. A list of the counties in each of these
regions can be accessed at http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Orders/1998/fcc98191.txt.
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