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Released: December 6, 2013

Federal Communications Commission

DA 13-2338

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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Improving Public Safety Communications
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Docket No. 02-55
in the 800 MHz Band
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Key Communications, Inc.
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ORDER

Adopted:

December 6, 2013

Released:

December 6, 2013
By the Deputy Chief, Policy and Licensing Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

I. INTRODUCTION

1. Under consideration is the request for extension filed by Key Communications, Inc. (Key)
seeking an extension of time within which to file a rebanding cost proposal with Sprint Corporation
(Sprint) as part of the Commission’s 800 MHz band reconfiguration initiative.1

II. DISCUSSION

2. Key states that it is waiting on a cost related to subscriber equipment reconfiguration and
FCC licensing work.2 Key states that it has a plan in place to deploy three retuned sites with Sprint
providing hardware once they have an agreement in place.3 Key requests a short extension of time until
December 13, 2013 to submit its cost estimate to Sprint.4

III. DECISION

3. Section 1.46 of the Commission’s rules provides “It is the policy of the Commission that
extensions of time shall not be routinely granted.”5 The import of that rule is especially relevant to 800
MHz rebanding where delay in rebanding by one licensee can cause a “domino effect” delay in the
rebanding efforts of other licensees that have met the Commission’s 800 MHz band reconfiguration
deadlines, with a consequent delay of the overall program. We therefore afford a high degree of scrutiny
to the reasons licensees advance for extensions of time.6
4. In the instant matter, the extension of time requested is relatively modest and it is apparent
that the licensee has exercised diligence in attempting to comply with the Commission’s requirements.

1 Letter from Collins Key, Key Communications, Inc., to FCC (filed Nov. 25, 2013).
2 Id.
3 Id.
4 Id.
5 47 C.F.R. § 1.46.
6 See Regents of the University of California, WT Docket 02-55, Order, DA 13-2234 (PSHSB rel. Nov. 21, 2013).
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DA 13-2338

We therefore are granting the requested extension, with the caveat to the licensee that, upon submission of
the cost proposal, it must diligently pursue the negotiation process with Sprint and timely conclude a
Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement.

IV. ORDERING CLAUSES

5. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that the Request for Extension filed by Key Communications,
Inc., IS GRANTED.
6. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Key Communications, Inc., SHALL SUBMIT to Sprint
Corporation, a cost proposal for reconfiguration of 800 MHz facilities by December 13, 2013.
7. This action is taken under delegated authority pursuant to Sections 0.191 and 0.392 of the
Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.191, 0.392.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Michael J. Wilhelm
Deputy Chief, Policy and Licensing Division
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
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