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Released: November 21, 2013

Federal Communications Commission

DA 13-2234

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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in the 800 MHz Band
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Docket No. 02-55
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Regents of the University of California
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Request for Extensions of Time
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ORDER

Adopted:

November 21, 2013

Released:

November 21, 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 of Time to Submit Cost Proposals (Request)
filed November 20, 2013 by the Regents of the University of California (University) seeking extensions
of time within which to file rebanding cost proposals with Sprint Corporation (Sprint) as part of the
Commission’s 800 MHz band reconfiguration initiative.1 The University must conclude separate
Frequency Reconfiguration Agreements (FRA) with Sprint for four of its Southern California campuses
in Irvine, Santa Barbara, Riverside and Los Angeles.2

II. DISCUSSION

2. For the Riverside campus, the University’s vendor has prepared a cost proposal which must
be executed by University officials before submission to Sprint. The University requests a two-day
extension, until November 22, 2013 to acquire the required signatures. For the Santa Barbara campus, the
University’s vendor is in the process of preparing the cost proposal and the University anticipates
receiving it before November 28, 2013.3 It requests, however, an extension of time until December 2,
2013 to account for possible delay due to the Thanksgiving holiday. For the Los Angeles campus, the
University notes that its vendor will deliver the cost proposal to the University during the week of

1 See Request for Extension of Time to Submit Cost Proposals, filed November 20, 2013 by the Regents of the
University of California (Request). See also Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band, WT
Docket No. 02-55, et al., Report and Order, Fifth Report and Order, Fourth Memorandum Opinion and Order, 19
FCC Rcd 14969 (2004) (800 MHz Report and Order); Supplemental Order and Order on Reconsideration, 19
FCC Rcd 25120 (2004) (800 MHz Supplemental Order), review denied sub nom. Mobile Relay Associates v. FCC,
457 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2006); Memorandum Opinion and Order, 20 FCC Rcd 16015 (2005); Second Memorandum
Opinion and Order
, 22 FCC Rcd 10467 (2007). See also Kay v. FCC, No. 06-1076 (D.C. Cir. filed Feb. 24, 2006)
(holding additional appeals in abeyance)
2 Request at 1.
3 Id. at 1-2.
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December 2, 2013, but requests an extension of time until December 10, 2013 to prepare its portion of the
cost proposal.4 For the Irvine campus, the University anticipates that its vendor will deliver the cost
proposal during the week of December 16, 2013, and requests until December 20, 2013 to submit the cost
proposal to Sprint.5 The University characterizes the requested extensions as “brief” and represents that, if
granted, the extensions will not delay the “overall reconfiguration process.”

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.”6 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.
4. In the instant matter, the extensions of time requested are relatively modest and it is apparent
that the licensee has exercised diligence in obtaining cost proposals from its vendor. Moreover, we credit
the licensee’s representation that grant of the requested extensions will not delay the overall
reconfiguration process. We therefore are granting the requested extensions, with the caveat to the
licensee that, upon submission of the cost proposals, it must diligently pursue the negotiation process with
Sprint and timely conclude an FRA.

IV. ORDERING CLAUSES

5. Accordingly IT IS ORDERED that the Regents of the University of California SHALL
SUBMIT to Sprint Corporation, a cost proposal for reconfiguration of its 800 MHz facilities at Riverside,
California by November 22, 2013; at Santa Barbara, California by December 2, 2013; at Los Angeles,
California by December 10, 2013 and at Irvine, California by December 20, 2013.
6. 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

4 Id. at 2.
5 Id.
6 47 C.F.R. § 1.46.
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