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Released: December 6, 2013

Federal Communications Commission

DA 13-2337

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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McAllen Independent School District Police
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Department, Texas

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 McAllen Independent School
District Police Department, Texas (McAllen ISD) 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. McAllen ISD states it is in the process of working with Tri County Communications to
complete rebanding.2 McAllen ISD requests an extension to work out some technical issues at its tower
site.3 McAllen requests a short extension of time until December 11, 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

1 Letter from Cris Esquivel, Jr. Chief of Police, McAllen Independent School District Police Department to FCC
(filed Nov. 18, 2013).
2 Id.
3 Id.
4 Id.
5 47 C.F.R. § 1.46.
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DA 13-2337

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.
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 McAllen Independent
School District Police Department, Texas, IS GRANTED.
6. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that McAllen Independent School District Police Department,
Texas, SHALL SUBMIT to Sprint Corporation, a cost proposal for reconfiguration of 800 MHz facilities
by December 11, 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

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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