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Released: June 30, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

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DA 11-1147

Released: June 30, 2011

PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU EXTENDS

800 MHZ REBANDING NEGOTIATION PERIOD FOR

WAVE 4 BORDER AREA NPSPAC AND NON-NPSPAC LICENSEES ALONG THE U.S.-

MEXICO BORDER

WT Docket No. 02-55

By this Public Notice, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) extends the
negotiation period for Wave 4 NPSPAC (Stage 2) and non-NPSPAC (Stage 1) licensees in the U.S.-
Mexico border region until October 3, 2011, and postpones the beginning of the mediation period for
such licensees until October 4, 2011.1 As we have noted in prior public notices, rebanding of Wave 4
licensees in the U.S.-Mexico border region is affected by ongoing international discussions with Mexico.2
Extending the negotiation period for these licensees will alleviate administrative burdens on licensees,
avoid unnecessary rebanding expenditures, and provide additional time for resolution of border issues and
issuance of frequency designations by the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA).
During the extended negotiation period, Wave 4 licensees in the U.S.-Mexico border region are
not required to engage in planning or negotiation prior to the receipt of frequency designations from the
TA, although we encourage them to engage in such activities to the extent that they are not frequency-
dependent and would not result in unnecessary duplication of costs. If licensees choose to engage in such
planning and negotiation activities, Sprint Nextel Corporation (Sprint) shall pay licensees’ reasonable
costs in accordance with the requirements of the Commission’s orders in this proceeding.3
This extension also extends the filing freeze on new applications in the U.S.-Mexico border
region until thirty working days after the October 3, 2011 date for completion of negotiations, i.e., until
November 16, 2011.4 For clarity sake, we list the NPSPAC regions subject to the application freeze in
the attached Appendix. The application freeze will apply, as it did in previous notices, to the NPSPAC


1 For details regarding rebanding waves and negotiation periods, see the 800 MHz Transition Administrator’s band
reconfiguration schedule at www.800ta.org.
2 See Public Safety And Homeland Security Bureau Extends 800 MHz Rebanding Negotiation Periods For Wave 4
Border Area NPSPAC and Non-NPSPAC Licensees Along The U.S.-Mexico Border, Public Notice, 26 FCC Rcd
4999 (PSHSB 2011). This Public Notice does not apply to 800 MHz licensees in the U.S.-Canada border region,
who are subject to the negotiation and mediation periods established in the Bureau’s order establishing a band plan
and rebanding timetable for the U.S.-Canada border region. See Improving Public Safety Communications in the
800 MHz Band, Second Report and Order, 23 FCC Rcd 7605 (PSHSB 2008).
3 See FCC Announces Supplemental Procedures and Provides Guidance for Completion of 800 MHz Rebanding,
Public Notice, 22 FCC Rcd 17227, 17232 (2007).
4 See Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Outlines Application Freeze Process for Implementation of 800 MHz
Band Reconfiguration, Public Notice, 20 FCC Rcd 8905 (WTB 2005).

regions listed in the attached Appendix as well as locations within seventy miles of the border of these
regions.
The freeze, however, does not apply to modification applications that do not change an 800 MHz
frequency or expand an 800 MHz station’s existing coverage area (e.g., administrative updates),
assignments/transfers, or renewal-only applications. In addition, Wave 4 licensees in the U.S.- Mexico
border region may expand their facilities or add channels during the freeze, but only pursuant to Special
Temporary Authorization (STA). Requests for an STA must be accompanied by a demonstration that,
without the new or expanded facilities, there would be a specific, material and serious adverse effect on
the safety of life or property. See the Special Temporary Authorization (STA) procedures described in
the Bureau’s December, 2006 STA Guidance PN.5
The extension of negotiations and the application freeze does not apply to Wave 4 licensees along
the U.S.-Mexico border that have received replacement channels from the TA. Such licensees remain
subject to the previously announced negotiation and mediation schedules for this wave.
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, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.
– FCC –


5 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, Public Notice, 21 FCC Rcd 14658
(PSHSB 2006).
2

APPENDIX

NPSPAC Regions Along U.S. – Mexico Border Subject to the Freeze

NPSPAC Region
Description of Region6
3
Arizona
5
Southern California
29
New Mexico
50
West and Central Texas (Midland Area)
53
Southern Texas (San Antonio Area)


6 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.
3

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