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WTB Seeks Comment on Sprint Widebanding Waiver in Two NPSPAC Regions

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Released: February 19, 2014


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DA 14-221
February 19, 2014




WT Docket No. 14-29

Comments Due: March 21, 2014

Reply Comments Due: April 7, 2014

On February 12, 2014, Sprint Corporation (Sprint) filed two requests for waiver of Section
90.209(b)(7) of the Commission’s rules1 to permit 800 MHz wideband operations in portions of the
Northern California (Region 6)2 and Nevada (Region 27)3 National Public Safety Planning Advisory
Committee (NPSPAC) regions prior to completion of the 800 MHz Band reconfiguration in those regions
(collectively “Sprint Waiver Requests”). Section 90.209(b)(7) permits Economic Area-based 800 MHz
Specialized Mobile Radio licensees to exceed the channel spacing and bandwidth limitation in Section
90.209 in the 817–824/862–869 MHz (813.5–824/858.5–869 MHz in the counties listed in § 90.614(c))
band segments in NPSPAC regions where all 800 MHz public safety licensees in the region have
completed band reconfiguration.4 In the Northern California Waiver Request, Sprint asks to use the 866-
869 MHz portion of the band for wideband operations in 46 out of the 48 counties comprising NPSPAC
Region 6 where the public safety licensees have successfully completed their retunes. Likewise, in the
Nevada Waiver Request, Sprint seeks to use the 866-869 MHz portion of the band for wideband
operations in 16 out of the 17 counties comprising NPSPAC Region 27 where the public safety licensees
have successfully completed their retunes. By this Public Notice, we seek comment on the Sprint Waiver

1 47 C.F.R. § 90.209(b)(7).
2 Sprint Corporation Request for Waiver to Permit 800 MHz Wideband Operations in Portions of
Northern California Prior to Completion of 800 MHz Band Reconfiguration in the Entire NPSPAC
Region (filed Feb. 12, 2104) (“Northern California Waiver Request”).
3 Sprint Corporation Request for Waiver to Permit 800 MHz Wideband Operations in Portions of Nevada
Prior to Completion of 800 MHz Band Reconfiguration in the Entire NPSPAC Region (filed Feb. 12,
2104) (“Nevada Waiver Request”).
4 47 C.F.R. § 90.209(b)(7). Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio licensees are authorized to operate in the
813.5-824/858.5-869 MHz portion of the 800 MHz band only in the Southeastern U.S. counties listed in
Section 90.614(c). The NPSPAC regions where Sprint requests relief do not contain any of the listed

Procedural Matters

This proceeding has been designated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with
the Commission's ex parte rules.5 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of any written
presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the
presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Persons making oral
ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must (1) list all
persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte presentation was made,
and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the presentation. If the presentation
consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments already reflected in the presenter’s
written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to
such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or other filings (specifying the relevant
page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them
in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission staff during ex parte meetings are
deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In
proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of
electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte presentations,
and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that
proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf). Participants in
this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex parte rules.
Comments may be filed using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or
by filing paper copies. See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 Fed. Reg.
24121 (1998). Comments filed through the ECFS can be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to
http:// Generally, only one copy of an electronic submission must be filed. If
multiple docket or rulemaking numbers appear in the caption of this proceeding, however, commenters
must transmit one electronic copy of the comments to each docket or rulemaking number referenced in
the caption. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their full name, U.S. Postal
Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or rulemaking number. Parties may also submit an
electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions for e-mail comments, commenters
should send an e-mail to, and should include the following words in the body of the
message, “get form.” A sample form and directions will be sent in reply.
Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. If more than
one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, commenters must submit two
additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in receiving U.S.
Postal Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
-Effective December 28, 2009, all hand-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary
must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., S.W., Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554.
All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Envelopes must be disposed of
before entering the building. The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


5 See 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200(a), 1.1206.


The Commission’s former filing location at 236 Massachusetts Ave., N.E. is permanently
-Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must
be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
-U.S. Postal Service first-class mail, Express Mail, and Priority Mail should be addressed to 445
12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20554.
Parties are requested to send one copy of their comments and reply comments to Best Copy and
Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554, (800) 378-
3160, e-mail
The request, and comments and reply comments filed in response to this Public Notice are
available for viewing via the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) by entering the
docket number,

WT 14-29

. The documents also will be available for public inspection and copying
during business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street S.W., Room
CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. They may also be purchased from Best Copy and Printing, Inc.,
telephone (800) 378-3160, facsimile (202) 488-5563, TTY (202) 488-5562, e-mail
Alternate formats of this Public Notice (computer diskette, large print, audio recording, and
Braille) are available to persons with disabilities by contacting the Consumer & Governmental Affairs
Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY), or send an e-mail to
For further information, contact Joyce Jones of the Mobility Division, Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau, at (202) 418-1327 or via e-mail at
Action by the Chief, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.
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