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PSHSB extends 4.9 GHz band proceeding comment and reply deadlines

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Released: September 26, 2012

Federal Communications Commission

DA 12-1540

Before the

Federal Communications Commission


In the Matter of
Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission’s Rules
WP Docket No. 07-100
Implementing a Nationwide, Broadband,
PS Docket No. 06-229
Interoperable Public Safety Network in the 700
MHz Band
Service Rules for the 698-746, 747-762 and 777-
WT Docket No. 06-150
792 MHz Bands


Adopted: September 26, 2012

Released: September 26, 2012

By the Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau:
On our own motion, we extend the comment and reply deadlines established in the Fifth
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Fifth FNPRM) of the above-captioned proceeding. In the Fifth
, the Commission specified that comments are due 60 days after publication in the Federal
Register, and reply comments are due 90 days after publication in the Federal Register.1 On August 1,
2012, the Office of the Federal Register published a summary of the Fifth FNPRM, which established a
comment deadline of October 1, 2012, and a reply comment deadline of October 30, 2012.2
The Fifth FNPRM seeks comment on various issues relating to the 4.9 GHz band,
including the relationship between the 4.9 GHz band and the 700 MHz public safety broadband network,
which will be administered by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), a newly formed
independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.3 We
note that FirstNet is still in the initial stages of formation, and held its first public meeting on September
25, 2012.4 Thus, under the current comment schedule for this proceeding, FirstNet may not have
sufficient time to file comments to the Fifth FNPRM by the comment deadline. Therefore, on our own
motion we find that an extension of the comment and reply comment dates for the Fifth FNPRM is
appropriate to provide FirstNet and other interested parties additional time to file, which in turn will
enable the Commission to develop a more substantial record in this proceeding. Accordingly, we extend
the comment deadline to

November 1, 2012

, and the reply comment deadline to

November 30, 2012


1 In the Matter of Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission’s Rules; Implementing a Nationwide, Broadband,
Interoperable Public Safety Network in the 700 MHz Band; Service Rules for the 698-746, 747-762 and 777-792 MHz
Bands; WP Docket No. 07-100, PS Docket No. 06-229, WT Docket No. 06-150, Fourth Report and Order and Fifth
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
, 27 FCC Rcd 6577 (2012) (Fifth FNPRM).
2 See 77 FR 45558 (Aug. 1, 2012).
3 See Fifth FNPRM, 27 FCC Rcd at 6594-96 ¶¶ 47-51.
4 See 77 FR 56622 (Sept. 13, 2012).

Federal Communications Commission

DA 12-1540

Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to sections 4(i), 4(j), and 5(c) of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. §§ 154(i), 154(j), 155(c), and pursuant to the
authority delegated in Sections 0.191 and 0.392 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.191, 0.392,
WE EXTEND the comment and reply comment deadlines for the above proceeding as discussed herein.
David S. Turetsky
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

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