Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
January 16, 2009
Nadja S. Sodos-Wallace
Regulatory Counsel, Assistant Secretary
815 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 610
Washington, D.C. 20006
WT Docket No. 06-136
Request for Extension of Time
Fixed Wireless Holdings, LLC
Transition of the 2500-2690 MHz Band
Transition Area: BTA Number 36: Bellingham, WA
Dear Ms. Sodos-Wallace:
On July 31, 2008, Fixed Wireless Holdings LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clearwire
Corporation (together "Clearwire"), filed a Request for Extension of Time to complete the transition for
Basic Trading Area (BTA) Number 36, Bellingham, Washington, which borders on Canada.1 On August
7, 2008, Clearwire filed a second letter confirming that it had served a copy of the Request for Extension
of Time on Nextel Spectrum Acquisition Corporation, the only other licensee to be transitioned in BTA
36.2 For the reasons discussed below, we grant Clearwire's request for a six-month extension of time to
complete the transition of BTA 36.
On November 2, 2006, Clearwire submitted an Initiation Plan for Bellingham, Washington BTA,
which, as noted above, borders on Canada.3 According to the Commission's Rules, Clearwire was
required to complete the transition by August 1, 2008.4 Clearwire contacted Commission staff on how to
proceed with the transition in a border area.5 As a result of this consultation, Clearwire contacted
Canadian operators to obtain their consent to the transition.6 Clearwire reports that its discussions with
Canadian operators are on-going.7 Clearwire asks for a six-month extension of time to complete the
1 Letter from Nadja S. Sodos-Wallace, Clearwire Corporation, to Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications
Commission (filed Jul. 31, 2008) (Clearwire Letter).
2 Letter from Nadja S. Sodos-Wallace, Clearwire Corporation, to Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications
Commission (filed Aug. 7, 2008).
3 Letter from Terri B. Natoli, Clearwire, to Marlene H. Dortch, Federal Communications Commission, WT Docket
No. 06-136 (dated Nov. 2, 2006).
47 C.F.R. 27.1232(a) and (b)(1)(vi).
5 Clearwire Letter at 1.
. at 2.
. at 1.
Nadja S. Sodos-Wallace
We find that Clearwire has made a good faith effort to transition the Bellingham BTA by
transitioning licenses held by itself and the Nextel Spectrum Acquisition Corporation, contacting the
Commission on how to proceed with a transition on the U.S./Canadian border, and working with the
relevant Canadian operators. It appears that no party would be prejudiced by a grant of this extension,
particularly since licensees can continue operating pursuant to the old band plan until the transition is
completed. Thus, we grant Clearwire an Extension of Time to transition BTA 36: Bellingham,
Washington until February 2, 2009.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Section 4(i) of the Communications Act of 1934, as
amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), and Sections 1.46 and 27.1232(b)(1)(vi) of the Commission's Rules, 47
C.F.R. 1.46, 27.1232(b)(1)(vi) that the Request for Extension of Time filed by Fixed Wireless
Holdings, LLC on July 31, 2008 IS GRANTED, and the time for completing the transition in the
Bellingham, Washington Basic Trading Area (BTA 36) IS EXTENDED TO February 2, 2009.
This action is taken under delegated authority pursuant to Sections 0.131 and 0.331 of the
Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R. 0.131, 0.331.
John J. Schauble
Deputy Chief, Broadband Division
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau